Students, volunteers at School No. 17 read together

Volunteers from Excellus and Celebration of Life Community, Inc. also donated the books they read to the 1st and 2nd grade students in the Help Me Read Program. (WHAM photo)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - A group of volunteers read stories to students at School No. 17 in Rochester on Wednesday morning.

The program to bring volunteers in to read with the elementary school students started 12 years ago as a way to engage students and contribute to their growth socially, emotionally and academically.

Volunteers from Excellus and Celebration of Life Community, Inc. also donated the books they read to the 1st and 2nd grade students in the Help Me Read Program.

"Books are exceptionally important," said David J. Singleton, who serves as the bishop of Ark Of Jesus Ministries. "I think in addition to books, it's the support that they get when the tutors work with them."

Candy canes and about 160 pairs of winter boots were given out to the students afterward.

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