Local Author Donates a Children's Book to Every 2nd- and 3rd-Grader in RCSD
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October 29, 2015 Laurie Buckley, Rochester City School District
LOCAL AUTHOR DONATES A CHILDREN’S BOOK TO
EVERY SECOND- AND THIRD-GRADER IN THE DISTRICT
Third-Graders At School 29 Will Gift Second-Graders To Celebrate Anti-Bullying Month
District staff and students at School No. 29
Book Distribution at Awards Assembly
Friday, October 30, 2015 – 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Adlai E. Stevenson School No. 29
88 Kirkland Road
Rochester, NY 14611
Author and poet Nila Webster has donated an English/Spanish version of her book, The Gift of You, The Gift of Me/El Regalo Tuyo, El Regalo Mio, to all the second- and third-graders in the Rochester City School District. The Rochester native, who now lives in Boston and was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in 2010, is focused on devoting her time and energy to improving the lives of others.
In recognition of October as National Bullying Prevention month, third-grade students will give the books to second-grade students in their school. The book is a story of friendship, acceptance and courage, and was written as a direct response to an incident of bullying. Having third-graders present the book to younger classmates celebrates the theme of friendship and giving.
On Friday, third-graders at Adlai E. Stevenson School No. 29 will handle deliver the book gift to second-graders at the school’s awards assembly. Students will be dressed as their favorite literary character to kick off the school’s 29 book campaign—a push to get students reading and writing, with a goal of reading at least 29 books this year. This staff-led initiative partners with Pizza Hut and rewards students for reading books and completing reading logs.
Nila Webster grew up in Rochester, where her mother, jani johe webster, instilled a love of poetry in her at a young age. This year marks the third consecutive book donation, which Ms. Webster views as paying-forward the gifts she received from her mother. She hopes to make each child feel special and valued, with her message of “I believe in you.”