Pack Your Bags!

Pick A Reading Partner (“PARP”) is arriving November 11-22, 2019.

The Garden City PTA and Garden City Public Schools invite students in Grades K-5 and their families to discover how, with a little imagination.

Reading Takes You Places!

From a London Underground platform, to a bullfighting ring in Madrid…

An orphanage in Paris, to a pasta-making village in southern Italy…

From the Shores of Maine, to Playa del Carmen, Mexico…

Tokyo, India, the Galapagos Island, and beyond…

Track your reading minutes to find out how far your child’s class will travel?  We will be converting reading minutes to miles and presenting Globe Trotting awards to the classes that travel the farthest!  

Participate in PARP Wednesdays by bringing an item from school that reflects the theme:

  • Wednesday, November 13: Family Culture Day.  Bring in an item that represents your family’s culture or heritage (a recipe, book, poem, article of clothing, flag, etc.)
  • Wednesday, November 20: Treasure Day: Bring in a treasure from a journey near or far (a souvenir, a museum map, a seashell, a picture, etc.)

Keep your eye on your email for registration links to the following PARP events:

  • Elementary Movie Day at Bowtie Cinemas, Herricks - Monday, 11/11 from 9 am - 12 pm 
  • Primary Pajama Literacy Night - Tuesday, 11/26 from 6:30 pm - 7:3- pm at GCMS

Book Donation Collection to the Book Fairies:

  • November 21 - 22
  • Donation boxes are available at each school.

Don’t forget to visit the Garden City Public Library during the two weeks of PARP to participate in the selfie challenge and enter the weekly raffle!


For questions about PARP, or to volunteer to help please email


PARP Events

Elementary Movie Day


Mon, November 11 - 9 AM - 12 PM

Bow Tie Herricks Cinemas

Register here (seats are limited)

Family Culture Day


Wed, November 13

Have your K-5 Student bring in something from his/her family (recipe, book, flag, photo, song or poem), wear an article of clothing. Students will be sharing a bit of their own family's culture and heritage.

Treasure Day


Wed, November 20

Have your K-5 student bring in something that they treasure - nothing actually valuable! - shells from a vacation, a souvenir, wear an article of clothing or accessory that they like, a photo, a book they enjoy.  Students will be sharing their treasures, from near and far, that help add to who they are.  

Reader Tracker Sheets Due


Fri, November 15

Fri, November 22

Reading minutes will be converted to miles. Total up your minutes to help us see where your reading has taken you!  

Primary PJ Literacy Night


Tue, November 26

6:30 pm at Garden City Middle School 

All participants are invited to wear their favorite comfy pajamas and bring their favorite book. (Registration required)

Visit the Library


Don’t forget to visit the Garden City Public Library during the two weeks of PARP to participate in the selfie challenge and enter the weekly raffle! 


PARP is a National PTA program designed to foster the love of reading. The primary goal of PARP is to promote childhood literacy by asking parents or caregivers to set aside time each day to read with their child. PARP encourages programs during the school year that supports reading and participation of children, caregivers, teachers, administrators, school staff and the community by reinforcing the pursuit of reading for enjoyment.


The committee works closely with building administrators and teachers in our K-5 schools. This Committee has Committee Chairperson(s) and School Building Representatives.