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    Roosevelt School Goes Camping for PARP

  • With campfires, “s’mores,” lanterns and books, Roosevelt Elementary School students went camping for a week during the recent Pick a Reading Partner (PARP) campaign, “Camp with a Good Book—S’more You Read, S’more You Know.”

    The program, sponsored by the New York State PTA is designed to foster a lifelong love of reading in children. And by the fun activities that were planned and carried out by the PTA PARP chairpersons Ms. Jeanne Laurita, Ms. Christine Cali and Ms. Jenefer Fernandez, there is no doubt that the K-2 students experienced just how enjoyable reading can be.

    The campaign encourages students to read at home with a family member for at least 15 minutes per day and record their efforts in a reading log. To keep the excitement for reading going, various activities are planned throughout the week. One of the highlights at Roosevelt Elementary School is the PARP Read-In, during which volunteers come dressed in the theme and read theme-related books, make crafts with the students and provide a theme-related snack to share.  This year, classrooms featured a simulated campfire — some that even lit up — which students sat around as volunteers, in camping gear, read books to them. With jars, pipe cleaners, orange and yellow tissue paper and stickers, students, with the help of volunteers, made lanterns, then enjoyed snacks, such as s’more cupcakes or s’more trail mix. The day also featured a song about PARP that students sang around the campfire.

    During the week, students had the chance to dress like a camper for a day and wear a T-shirt with words on it to see how many people can read it. The week ended with “Flashlight Friday,” where students received flashlights so they could read when the lights are “dimmed low.”

     “Special thanks go out to Roosevelt Elementary Principal Ms. Tami McElwee, library media specialist Roseann Davidson, the PARP Committee volunteers, staff and students for their enthusiastic support of the PARP program,” said PARP chairpersons Ms. Laurita, Ms. Cali and Ms. Fernandez.

     Throughout the year, the PARP committee will continue its efforts to foster the love of reading by hosting assemblies, author visits and more. Future PARP events can be found on the district website at www.obenschools.org. Click on “PARP” in the “Quick Links” section of the Roosevelt Elementary School webpage for updates.

    PARP camping display

    Some furry friends help promote the reading campaign.

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    Volunteers got creative with their theme-based snacks.

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    Displays throughout the school promote the PARP campaign.

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    Dressed in camping gear, PARP volunteers get ready for the PARP Read-In at Roosevelt Elementary School.

    PARP around the campfire  

    Students listen to a parent read a book around the campfire at the PARP Read-In.


    Students, with the help of volunteers, create lanterns for their camp out with books.

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    Students proudly display their finished lanterns.

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    Students with lanterns around the campfire.



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