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    Roosevelt PARP Celebrates Author Mo Willems

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    Sponsored by the New York State PTA, PARP is designed to engage and foster a lifelong love of reading in children by encouraging students to read at home with a family member for at least 15 minutes per day and recording their efforts in a reading log. To keep the momentum for reading going, various activities are planned throughout the week. PTA PARP chairpersons Ms. Jeanne Laurita and Ms. Christine Cali planned different theme days, including Pajama Day, Joke in my Pocket Day and Read my T-Shirt Day, as well as the PARP Read-In to cap the week. On Pajama Day, students were asked to donate a pair of pajamas to the school’s pajama drive. On the last day of the week, Mo Willems’ books came to life as theme-dressed volunteers came into classrooms and read his books, made animal-themed crafts with the students and provided animal-themed snacks to share, including pigeon-decorated cupcakes and watermelons carved into pigs and elephants. Volunteers also kicked off the campaign by decorating the schools’ bulletin boards and hallways with Mo Willems characters and reminding students to visit the library to check out Mo Willems books.

    “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 and Ms. Cali.


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    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. 


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