The Rochester School District's summer reading program was launched this week with book donations to children in the first and second grades at School Street School.

Rochester Rotary Club President Kerry Norton, along with Holy Rosary Credit Union President and CEO Brian Hughes, visited the students on Monday to present them with books.

Each first and second grader in all eight of Rochester's elementary schools, plus St. Elizabeth Seton School and Monarch School of New England, will receive a book.

More than 600 books have been donated so far.

"Children in the Rochester community are very important to the Rotary," Norton said in a statement. "Supporting the summer reading program is a great way to support all children."

Hughes said being asked to sponsor the summer reading program was a natural fit for the credit union because they already provide financial literacy for people.

This summer's theme is Tails and Tales, with stories centered on animals. Students from Bud Carlson Academy helped pick the books.

Superintendent Kyle Repucci said during the COVID-19 pandemic, students could not take a book home from school.

"It's terrific that students will leave here ready for their summer reading," Repucci said in a statement.

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