Helping Children During the Pandemic

To address disparities facing children of the Rochester City School District, Mayor Lovely A. Warren and RCSD Superintendent Dr. Lesli Myers-Small have developed programming opportunities to directly support RCSD students during the COVID – 19 pandemic.

Faith in Action – Adopt a School launched in the fall of 2020, and this initiative links faith based institutions in partnership with RCSD schools to help meet the needs of students. Through our work with the Faith in Action - Adopt a School initiative, we have witnessed transformative support for students, families, and schools as a whole.

Leaders from our business community learned about the Adopt a School initiative and asked how they might support RCSD students. To further meet the needs of Rochester City School District (RCSD) students, Business in Action – Adopt a School was created.

Leaders in the business community are encouraged to utilize the Business in Action - Adopt a School initiative as a vehicle to provide support to students at RCSD schools.


Increasingly, city schools are becoming community schools. The community school model is defined as "a place and a set of partnerships" that focus resources on students and families, resulting in students who are ready and able to learn in school. A community school acts as a hub, offering a coordinated approach to connect and cultivate assets in the community and to link families to services so that educators can focus on teaching and students can focus on learning.

Business in Action – Adopt a School provides students with food support (and possibly other needed essentials), as well as an opportunity for business owners to give back to the community by partnering with schools to invest in their futures. Area business owners and their employees can provide a number of services and supports to the RCSD children of their adopted school, including but not limited to:

  • Stocking and maintaining food pantries and clothing closets for students
  • Assembling and distributing care packages during holidays and school breaks when students don’t have access to cafeterias
  • Host an End of Year/Fun Day Celebration/Cookout at their adopted school
  • Providing volunteers and mentors
  • Providing professional development opportunities
  • Providing internship and or job opportunities


To participate in Business in Action - Adopt a School or to learn more about the Business in Action program contact Tracey Miller, Assistant to the Mayor, by email at or by phone at (585) 428-6684.