Someday, we’ll find it…
“The Reading Connection:
The Readers, The Dreamers, and Me”
The Garden City PTA is delighted to announce that our popular reading program PARP (Pick A Reading Partner) will begin the week of November 9th! This year’s theme, “The Reading Connection: The Readers, The Dreamers, and Me,” is all about CONNECTIVITY and the many ways that reading and literacy connect people over physical distance and lived differences. While the goal of PARP remains the same: to foster a lifelong love of reading in students in grades K-5, the program will differ in two major ways this year:
Our PARP committee has reimagined favorite events, including author visits, Elementary Movie Day, Pajama Literacy Night, extension activities, and more to be done at home, during the students’ own time,
November’s PARP activities include a “Door Decor” coloring sheet that we invite all students to decorate and hang on their front doors in celebration of PARP, a Flip Grid kick-off activity, and a Zoom reading with Tara McCarton and Allison Lageaux, author and illustrator of “The Wish” on November 12, 2020 at 7 p.m. Please check your email for registration information.
PARP will conclude in May with our time-honored tradition of tracking reading minutes and encouraging a little friendly competition among classes in each grade level. We look forward to an enriching yearlong program that focuses on making reading fun while also providing a strong sense of community and a little dose of normalcy. Happy reading, Garden City!
If you’re interested in volunteering on this year’s PARP Committee, please contact Erin Debrich and Colleen Ciullo at email@example.com
PARP is excited to announce our second virtual featured author visit with Garden City writer Angela de Caprariis-Salerno, author of the young adult novel “Peter and the Blitz,” on Wednesday, December 9th at 7 p.m. over Zoom. This event is appropriate for students in grades 2-5. Ms. de Caprariis-Salerno will read an excerpt from her book and discuss her inspiration and the writing process. At the end of the visit, registered attendees will be entered in a live drawing to receive one of ten signed copies of “Peter and the Blitz.”
“Peter and the Blitz” is a historical fiction novel set in England during World War II. The book explores the struggles of a teenage boy during the Nazi bombardment of his country. Praised as “meticulously correct” with historic detail, older students will connect with the way de Caprariis-Salerno “captures the spirit of the time and place in a way which is both engaging and appropriate.”
All primary and elementary students are invited to attend a read aloud with Tara McCarton, author of “The Wish” on Thursday, November 12th at 7PM over Zoom. Students will have the opportunity to ask Mrs. McCarton and illustrator Allison Lagueux questions and engage in a conversation about this special book. All pre-registered participants will be eligible to win one of ten autographed copies of Mrs. McCarton’s book!
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.