Rochester receives Pacesetters Award


This year, 38 communities across the nation have been recognized as Pacesetters for “leading by example” to solve one or more of the challenges that can undermine early literacy – school readiness, school attendance, and summer learning. Rochester received recognition for its work in school attendance and summer learning.

“Pacesetter Honors are among the highest awards presented by the Campaign,” said Ralph Smith, CGLR managing director. “We are very proud of these communities and the organizations and individuals behind them for joining forces and working tirelessly to uplift children and families. They remind us that we are seeing great progress and real results all across the country.”

The awards were presented by Yolie Flores from the Campaign for Grade Level Reading, during a site visit to Rochester, on Friday, July 29, 2016, at the Children’s Institute.  Yolie was joined by her colleague, Ann Rosewater via conference call, as well Leslie Gabay-Swanson, from the National Association of Summer Learning.  They met with ROC the Future Conveners, Greater Rochester Summer Learning Association representatives, and Parent Engagement CAN members, and also visited two summer learning sites.  It was a wonderful opportunity for sharing what we are doing locally to support student achievement, and to learn what other communities are doing.

The Campaign is a collaborative effort of foundations, nonprofit partners, business leaders, government agencies, states and communities across the nation, who work to ensure that more children in low-income families succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career, and active citizenship.