Pick a Reading Partner (PARP)
(formerly Parents as Reading Partners)
Learning to read is the single most important activity in a child’s education. Studies show that children who read at home are better prepared to succeed in formal education.
PARP is a program that asks parents to read with their children for at least fifteen minutes daily, stressing the fact that reading can be fun as well as informative. The choice of reading materials can vary from books to anything with printed words. The daily activity of reading together strengthens reading and communication skills in the child and also strengthens the parent/child relationship. Note: The term ‘parents’ may be interpreted broadly to include all adults who play an important role in a child’s life.
PARP is a program that cements the necessary bond between the home and the school to encourage love of reading in our children. It was developed in 1978 by the late State Senator James Donovan, Chairman of the State Senate Education Committee; in 1987 the New York State PTA was asked to assume the program’s helm, and since then has administered the program. (Quoted directly from the NYS PTA website 10/23/14)
2016-2017 PARP WINNERS
Students in grades K through 5 did a great job in participating in our PARP Reading Program.
All students were praised and treated to a fun-filled magic show with Magic Bob.
1st and 2nd place class winners were given "gold" medals for their excellence in participation and a pizza party.
Special thanks to Mrs. Wilbur and our PTO for their continued efforts and support of the PARP progam!!
Mrs. Alma's 3rd grade class, 2nd place
Mr. Fogarty's 4th grade class, 1st place