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RCSD, others secure 100,000 books to send home with students

Rochester Business Journal
June 19, 2014

The Rochester City School District is working with the city teachers’ and paraprofessionals’ unions to give away 100,000 books for students’ home libraries, the largest-ever book distribution of its kind.

Details of the collaboration were announced Thursday, with the district distributing books to the city’s 28,000 students. It is the largest book distribution yet by a school district, the American Federation of Teachers and First Book, which works with publishers to obtain discounted new books for children in need.

The effort supports the district’s Reading by Third Grade priority to improve Rochester students’ English language arts and reading skills.

Bolgen Vargas, RCSD superintendent, has committed $270,000 to buy the first 100,000 books, a savings from the $675,000 retail value. Vargas said he anticipates more distributions in the fall and next year.

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