Here is another article about things going on around Rochester.

With summer vacation just a few weeks away for school children across the Rochester area, many kids can only focus on getting to spend the next few months sleeping in and playing outside all day long.

For children in the Rochester City School District, however, much of this summer will be spent with a book in hand — at least that’s what the Center for Youth, along with volunteers from other organizations, hopes.

According to 13 WHAM News, volunteers from the Rochester City School District and the Center for Youth recently gathered thousands of books to hand out to children on the last day of school before the start of summer break.

On Friday, May 15, these volunteers filled 7,500 book bags. All City School District children from grades kindergarten through 2nd will receive one of these book bags. All told, more than 38,000 books will fill these book bags, along with reading lists, bookmarks and other reading resources for students and their parents this summer.

The book bags will be distributed in a book fair setting, during which students can add five books of their own choosing to their book bags.

By encouraging kids to keep reading throughout the summer, the district’s teachers hope to prevent what’s called the “summer slide” — a phenomenon in which kids forget much of what they learned during the previous school year during their time off.

“If you think about losing 18 months worth of reading, what that would be like for a child, they can never catch up,” Center for Youth Executive Director Elaine Spaull told Time Warner Cable News. “We know through years of research that reading at grade level by 3rd grade makes all the difference in the world.”

For kids, developing an affinity for reading can turn into a hobby that lasts a lifetime, as well. Studies show that approximately 69% of adults have read a book in the last 12 months — many of whom have undoubtedly been avid readers since childhood.

There’s certainly no denying the benefits of reading all summer long — especially for young children.