Roosevelt goes on the Case for a Good Book
Roosevelt Elementary School students were reading detectives for three weeks, breaking clues and solving mysteries with books, during its recent Pick a Reading Partner (PARP) Campaign, “On the Case for a Good Book.”
Organized by the PTA, parents in trench coats, detective hats and holding magnifying glasses, culminated the campaign with classroom Read-In celebrations that included making an “I Spy” craft and enjoying theme-related snacks. Outside the classrooms, the PTA carried out the theme with hallway displays using caution tape, footprints, and silhouettes of detectives on the case.
PARP, sponsored by the New York State PTA is designed to foster a lifelong love of reading in children by encouraging students to read at home with a family member for at least 15 minutes a day and keep a log of their reading efforts. To keep the excitement for reading alive, a different activity is planned for each day of the campaign. Students searched like a detective to find a mystery book, solved the case of the “Doggie Detective,” and played “I Spy,” among many others that encouraged reading. They also completed an activity packet with detective-themed puzzles and had a children’s author visit the school and talk about her book.
“Our PTA does an amazing job bringing the themes of the PARP campaign to life, which inspires and motivates our students to read and become better readers,” said Principal Ms. Tami McElwee. “We thank them for making the campaign a great success and we thank our library media specialist Roseann Davidson and literary coach Chris Bartell for their hard work and support of this program.”
Roosevelt has a tradition of ending the PARP campaign with a Principal’s Challenge. This year, students challenged Ms. McElwee to Irish step dance. Gathered in the gym, students’ eyes were focused on the giant green mystery box that stood “center stage.” Ms. McElwee had to guess what was in the box, and when she did, a leprechaun (also known as English Language Arts Supervisor Dr. Ryan O’Hara) jumped out from behind the box and ran around the gym, delighting students with his funny gestures. Then he took out his violin and when he started to play Irish music, Ms. McElwee rose up to the challenge and performed an Irish step dance as the audience clapped along and cheered. Students who recently learned an Irish dance for a Readers’ Theater also joined in. For meeting the challenge, Ms. McElwee was presented with a sash in the colors of the Irish flag by her children, Brady and Shaelyn. She then concluded the challenge by encouraging students to keep up their good reading habits.
Dressed as detectives, PARP volunteers get ready for the Read-In at Roosevelt Elementary School.
PARP volunteers read mystery-themed books during the Read-In.
A PARP volunteer reads next to a chart with mystery vocabulary to improve students’ Language Arts skills.
Students make “I Spy” bottles with a little help from staff and volunteers.
Principal Ms. McElwee Irish step dances around groups of second grade students.
Principal Ms. McElwee, left, English Language Arts Supervisor Dr. Ryan O’Hara and second grade teacher Ms. Kristina Kolb and her class pose for a photo after participating in the Principal’s Challenge.