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Roosevelt PARP Campaign Goes Hawaiian


Grass skirts, Hawaiian leis, straw hats and ukuleles set the stage for Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School’s Pick a Reading Partner (PARP) Read-In, the culminating event to the week-long reading campaign, “Say Aloha to a Good Book.”


Dozens of volunteers dressed the part, read Hawaiian-themed books in each class, assisted students with a lei necklace craft and brought in refreshments that were creatively presented with a Hawaiian theme.  


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, a winter wear drive was held. Volunteers also celebrated the campaign by decorating the schools’ bulletin boards and hallways with Hawaiian totem poles, waterfalls, palm trees and hibiscus flowers, as well as book covers of various Hawaiian-themed books students could check out of the library.


Ms. Laurita and Ms. Cali offered special thanks to Roosevelt Elementary Principal Ms. Tami McElwee, library media specialist Ms. Roseann Davidson, the PARP Committee volunteers, staff and students for their enthusiastic support of the PARP program. The PARP committee works throughout the year to foster the love of reading by hosting assemblies, author visits and more. Check the district website for future PARP events.