School district focuses on summer reading

ROCHESTER — Students in the Rochester City School District may receive more than 100,000 books as part of a summer reading campaign.

The campaign is aimed at decreasing summer learning loss, which is a major barrier to student achievement for low-income schools and can be prevented by having students read 30 minutes a day, according to Superintendent Bolgen Vargas.

Primary-school-age students will get backpacks with up to 10 books as well as tips to help parents read with their children and information on obtaining a library card, according to a district press release. Students in grades 3 to 12 will receive a book to take home and a recommended summer reading list that will require an assignment to be completed before school begins in the fall.

Additionally, "RocRead at Red Wings" will offer students the opportunity to earn tickets for the Aug. 15 home game by completing a short reading assignment.

And in August, 40,000 free books may become available to children as part of a "summer book blitz" led by the Rochester Teachers Association, the Rochester Association of Paraprofessionals, the Association of School Administrators of Rochester and the board’s nonteaching employees. The groups are coordinating with the nonprofit organization First Book to make that possible.

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