Updated: 03/05/2014 5:58 PM
Created: 03/05/2014 3:00 PM WHEC.com
Today is World Read Aloud Day, a world-wide celebration to draw attention to the problem of illiteracy in our country.
To celebrate, dozens of community members, including 50 members of the Rochester Police Department- spent the day at School No. 33, reading along with students.
News10NBC spoke to a member of the police department about how important it is to not only get kids reading, but to have them spend time with members of the police department too.
Sgt. Justin Collins, Rochester Police Department, said, “The Rochester Police Department knows how important it is that we engage these youth. It's so important that we see these kids in absolutely horrible situations that sometimes has nothing to do with them, but we want later in life for them to have a memory or some type of moment with officers that wasn't negative, that wasn't when there was a 911 call to their home or a shooting or some type of drama."
Also on hand at School No. 33 Wednesday were players from the Rochester Lancers, Rochester Razorsharks and city of Rochester officials and over a dozen nurses from Strong and Highland Hospitals.