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Special Visitors to Roberto Clemente School #8 Friday

Stacey Pensgen visited Roberto Clemente School #8 today to read to some kids, and there was another special guest, as well!
Kids are like sponges, especially at the elementary level. That's why at Roberto Clemente they're passionate about literacy.

Teachers make sure reading is fun for the kids, even when they're not in the classroom.

"The entire district plans out opportunities for students to take books home, to read them over the summer, so there isn't that loss of instruction and that loss of literacy," explains Amerique Wilson, librarian at School #8.

They rely on families, and the community to support literacy at a young age.

"It is so essential for our children to be reading at grade level by 3rd grade, because the likelihood of children succeeding and graduating from high school is directly connected to the level of reading," says Superintendent Bolgen Vargas.

Vargas likes to make surprise visits to classrooms, to see how students are doing.

Teachers say it's important for students to see people from outside of school and the community taking an interest in what they're doing - inviting guests to come in and read to the kids.

"It's very important," says Wilson. "And it's inspirational. We have students that say, 'I want to grow up to be a writer,' or 'I want to grow up to be a meteorologist when I grow up'."

All of this so kids have fun while learning.

"It's a joy, and I want everybody to have that joy," says Vargas. "The joy of reading."

If you're interested in visiting a Rochester school to read yourself, or with a group, click on the following links:

http://www.scottspinofoundation.org/




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