Kids get to hone reading skills

ROCHESTER — Henry Lomb School No. 20 will open this month to help students maintain their reading skills during the rest of their summer vacation.

During a kickoff event at the school on Oakman Street on Aug. 1, Gina Specksgoor — a physical education teacher at Benjamin Franklin High School — read her book Meowville: Learning your ABCs to about 20 children. Interim Superintendent Bolgen Vargas challenged the children to read 25 books during the month of August. School No. 20 will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

The initiative is being funded in part by the Rochester Teachers Association. RTA President Adam Urbanski credited Vargas with coming up with the idea to open a school library during the summer. They said they hope to have more school libraries open for summer hours next year.

"We want you to continue learning in the summer and have fun," Urbanski told the children in attendance. "We want you to do better in school and after school so you can do better in your job and in your life."

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