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Teachers' Choice

Thank you for your interest in obtaining books for city students.

REF has donated more than 39,000 new books since the launch of Give Back, Give Books in 2006, supporting parent-child reading events, school book fairs, school library collection expansion and summer reading programs. In honor of our efforts, REF received the Friend of the Library Award in June 2008 from the Rochester School Library Association.

The purpose of the Teachers' Choice Program is to support best practices to enhance student achievement in literacy using teacher-designed literacy activities. The program enhances learning resources and supports the distribution of books to children through their classrooms to promote the growth of home libraries and reading among students.

Please note that our most recent application cycle ended on November 1, 2016. We congratulate the 36 educators at 14 Rochester schools who will receive books for their students through the Teachers’ Choice program.

Click here for the list of 2016-2017 recipients.

Questions and answers follow below. Please feel free to contact us at 271-5790 or with additional questions.

What's the process?

Our online application process begins on this page with each cycle. We announce the beginning of each cycle via the REF e-newsletter mailing list; click here to subscribe.

Who can apply?

Educators in Rochester City School District schools.

When can I apply?

We will offer another application process in October of 2017. We announce the beginning of each cycle via the REF e-newsletter mailing list; click here to subscribe.

How many books can I apply for?

We will offer a maximum of 200 books per application.

Application Criteria

Value is placed on projects that promote literacy which:

  1. Are innovative and go beyond existing RCSD programs.
  2. Are student-centered with an emphasis on what students will tangibly accomplish during the project.
  3. Support home, parental or community involvement.

Applicants must agree to participate in REF's evaluation process.

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