Oh, the Places You’ll Go When You Read
Happiness is spending time with young family members just before bedtime or anytime exploring the wonderful world of reading. Oh, the places you’ll go…
The Spring P.A.R.P. celebration began the first week in March with District Administrators and staff members participating in “Read Across America.” “Read Across America” is an annual event that celebrates reading and commemorates the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known to the world as Dr. Seuss, who was born on March 2, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts.
The OBEN Elementary PTA has been recognized as the Nassau Region PTA PARP Award winner for their dedicated PTA unit that promotes literacy for children and their parents and for creating a program to help children learn the joys of reading. The great participation by administrators and families was noted as well as the “go green” initiative of using the school website.
This year the PTA has enthusiastically launched another Spring PARP program that follows in the award winning tradition. This spring’s theme is "Catch a Dragon by the Tale."
Many fun activities are planned for this month long PARP celebration including a reading challenge in which Principal McElwee will perform a daring challenge if the students meet the reading challenge for the month to collectively read for at least 70,000 minutes. Other activities include Buddy Reading on Thursday March 23 and parents will stage a Read-In on Friday, March 31.
Learning to read is the single most important activity in a child’s education. In 1987 the New York State PTA assumed the lead of the PARP program. Since then, PARP committee volunteers have worked to emphasize the importance of a reading partnership between the home and the school. Children look to their parents as role models. They will learn from them the importance of reading for both information and fun. In addition, reading at home serves to supplement the excellent reading programs currently used in our nation’s schools. By working together, parents and teachers can surely give our children a wonderful gift – the love of reading. Pick A Reading Partner (P.A.R.P.) is a program designed to foster a lifelong love of reading in children. It also hopes to strengthen the family bond. One of the ways it does this is by encouraging parents/guardians to read at home with their children for at least 15 minutes per day.
OBEN administrators and staff members doned Spring PARP themed dragon visors and set out to read Ms. McElwee’s Book of the Month selection “I Will Not Read This Book” by Cece Meng to Roosevelt’s students. This is just one more way for OBEN schools encourage students to read, read, and keep reading.
The celebration of reading isn’t just for school. There are ways that parents can join the fun. The easiest way is to read to and with your children on a regular basis. Below are some recommended techniques parents can use to teach children that reading is valuable and enjoyable. These ideas can help promote reading among children of all ages:
- Set a good example as a reader. Let kids see you reading every day.
- Get a subscription in your child’s name to an age-appropriate magazine.When relatives and others ask for gift ideas, suggest magazine subscriptions, books, or a bookstore gift certificate.
- Make reading fun.This should be a time that you and your children look forward to spending together.
- Check out The Read-Aloud Handbook, by Jim Treleaseand Reading Magic, by Mem Fox. These books are loaded with fun tips and reading recommendations.
- Keep lots of books, magazines, and newspapers around the house. Visit the library often and shop for books at garage and yard sales, swap meets, and used bookstores.
You might like to visit the parent’s page of the Read Across America website at www.nea.org/readacross/parents.html. It contains several booklists that might prove helpful in choosing books that children will enjoy.
The readers who volunteered to participate included OBHS Principal Ms. Sharon Lasher, Vernon Principal Dr. Valerie Vacchio, Roosevelt Principal Ms. Tami McElwee, Supervisor of Counseling Services Ms. Sabrina Meehan, Supervisor of Mathematics Mr. Jack Burke, Supervisor of English Language Arts Mr. Ryan O'Hara, OBHS Librarian Mr. Christopher Weber, Vernon Librarian Ms. Christine Parente, Roosevelt Literacy Coach Ms. Christine Bartell, Roosevelt Librarian Ms. Roseann Davidson, Roosevelt School Psychologist Ms. Tracey Vieweg, Roosevelt Teaching Assistant Ms. Ariela Handler, Roosevelt Teachers Ms. Meredith Brustman, Ms. Regina D’Orio, Ms. Jennifer Isles, Ms. Kim Kaufman, Ms. Penny Koinis, Ms. Ann McDonald, Ms. Michelle Squires, and Ms. Michele Taube.
The PTA used their creative abilities to transform the cafeteria into a fitness celebration. Congratulations to the OBEN PTA for their hard work and success with a very important and beneficial program in the early education of our children.
The OBEN PTA’s P.A.R.P committee thanks you for support in passing the love of reading on to your child.