Groups unite for reading initiative

ROCHESTER — The Rochester City School District and the Rochester Teachers Association have partnered with several community groups to provide books for its middle- and high-school students to read over the upcoming winter break.

Students also will be asked to write essays based on the books they have read, according to school officials. The ROCREAD initiative was announced Nov. 30 at the Frederick Douglas Resource Center, one of the partners that also include the Rochester Business Alliance and the Changing the Community group.

Each student who completes the assignment will be given a ticket to a RazorSharks game and a coupon for a $6 meal from Wegmans. Students in the elementary grades also will be encouraged to go to their school or public libraries to get books to read.

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