A Reading Olympics!
Light the Torch! It’s time for The Reading Olympics to begin!
Beginning March 14th, we will start PARP (Pick A Reading Partner.) PARP this year will last a FULL MONTH and the theme is “The Reading Olympics”. From March 14 – April 13, books will take us on adventures and competitions all around the world.
To build excitement, we think the students may enjoy helping to decorate the hallways for this event! If your child would like to participate, please have them complete the “Gold Medal Book” project on the following page. It will be beautiful and fun for the kids to see titles of books that other children in the school recommend. Let’s kick-off the opening ceremonies of PARP 2022, together.
Please return your Medal Projects by Thursday, March 10 (teachers will collect and leave them in the main office to be added to our display).
Calendar of Events
March 14 – Opening Ceremonies & International Dress Up Day: Dress to represent a country of your choosing for our opening ceremonies, or wear red, white & blue
March 16 – Cozy up to reading. PAJAMA day in school with our first evening reader story, from our very own Mr. Snyder. Links will be posted on the Walt Whitman website.
March 22 – Reading Olympics at Home: Email pictures of what reading looks like in your home/family to your classroom teacher. We will share the photos on the screen at school and on our school website.
March 31– Family recipe night – Take some time to read a recipe with your family and prepare it! Share pictures again with your classroom teacher.
Wednesday Night Virtual Bedtime stories – Click on the link to enjoy a bedtime story told by some of our “gold-medal” teachers and staff.
Zoom ID: 878 8285 0633 Password: 432017
Prize Announcement Days (Fridays): One of the goals of PARP is to encourage reading at home. Children will log their minutes read each night in a google form for the week. Links will be posted on the PARP calendar, as well as the PTA facebook page. Prizes will be awarded to the child who reads the most in each grade, as well as a class with the most minutes read for the week.
April 11 – Dress Up as Your Favorite Athlete Day – Kick-off the last week of PARP with a celebration of athletic skill. Students are invited to dress as an olympian of any of their favorite athletes!
April 12 & 13 – Closing Ceremonies – Final announcements and prizes will be made during the school day, complete with a little giveaway for all the kids. Look out for a Sign Up Genius with information about opportunities to read with your child’s class
What is PARP?
PARP is an acronym for Pick A Reading Partner. It is a program designed to engage and involve parents, caregivers and other adults in fostering the love of reading in children. PARP encourages reading partners to participate in some type of reading experience with their children for at least 20-25 minutes a day, thereby instilling strong reading habits, and encourages children to become better readers.
PARP stresses that reading can be fun as well as informative. The daily communication shared through PARP will also serve to strengthen the family and fortifies children’s reading habits. PARP helps cement necessary bonds between the home and the school to foster the education process. Together, this effort will make our children more successful and their education more fruitful.
Each day, please be sure to read with your child and complete the online reading record. Please also encourage your child to engage in the PARP activities on the attached calendar, and to observe how the PARP displays in the hallways at school and online, continue to grow with their reading successes.
History of PARP
The Pick A Reading Partner (PARP) program, originally known as Parents As Reading Partners, began in the New York State Senate Education Committee through the efforts of Senator James H. Donovan, with the support of former New York State Governor Hugh Carey and Education Commissioner Gordon Ambach.
In the summer of 1978, Senator Donovan learned of a fifteen-minute daily reading program, and asked his office staff to research what other states were doing to promote reading. The New York State Planning and Steering Committee decided to incorporate the best features found in other state programs. It was suggested that the local planning committee choose a theme and use national, state or local talent to promote the program. New York State drew on the talents and resources of twenty organizations in developing its own program.
PARP was officially launched through a mass-mailing effort in March, 1979. A conference followed in October with keynote speaker, the late Bob Keeshan, better known to some as television’s Captain Kangaroo.
Since 1987, NYS PTA has sponsored and administered the PARP program. Each year the NYS PTA offers workshops at Summer Leadership Conference and our Annual Convention. These trainings allow educators and adults to enhance communication, share experiences and increase involvement with children and schools.
- Encourages reading at home to supplement school and library reading programs;
- Allows children to discover that reading can be fun as well as informative;
- Fortifies children’s reading habits;
- Strengthens student and family reading habits, while focusing on the enjoyment of reading;
- Develops and improves family relationships and communication;
- Brings parents and children closer together by sharing the pleasurable experience of reading together;
- Provides parents with information to help their children become better readers;
- Improves children’s creativity and wellbeing by limiting television viewing and increasing family closeness; and
- Strengthens the bond between home, school and community.