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Glen Cove Elementary Schools Celebrate Pick-A-Reading-Partner

Glen Cove Elementary Schools Celebrate Pick-A-Reading-Partner

The four elementary schools within the Glen Cove School District—Connolly, Landing, Deasy, and Gribbin—recently wrapped up their annual Pick-A-Reading-Partner Program (PARP) with overwhelming success and enthusiasm. Themed "March Madness" and generously sponsored by the PTA, this week-long celebration, organized by the district-wide PARP committee, aimed to ignite a passion for reading among students. As part of this initiative, the Read-a-thon is currently underway, with students encouraged to collectively read 40,000 minutes across each building. If they reach this goal, a special surprise awaits them on Friday, March 15th.

Throughout the PARP period, students were treated to engaging activities designed to promote literacy. These included visits from esteemed guest authors, lively kick-off assemblies, book exchanges, themed spirit days, and other enjoyable reading initiatives. The PARP program not only fosters a love for reading among students but also encourages active involvement from parents and caregivers in their children's literary journeys.

Highlights of the PARP festivities included celebrated guest author and illustrator, John Sazaklis, known for his contributions to over 100 children's books, including the beloved Ben 10 series, engaged students with his inspiring presence at Landing and Connolly Schools. At Deasy School, renowned children's author Alyssa Satin Capucilli captivated students with readings from her acclaimed Biscuit series, offering insights into the world of book creation.  Gribbin School was delighted to welcome Claudia Marra, a teacher within the district who also happens to be the author of heartwarming children's books.

At each school, community members were invited to visit classrooms and read to the children. The students loved listening to these special books and were particularly excited to learn about the important roles these community members play in Glen Cove.

As PARP comes to an end, we encourage parents and caregivers to keep reading with their kids for 20 minutes every night. Whether it's books, newspapers, maps, or library picks, reading together is a joy. Let's keep the love for reading going strong and invite siblings, relatives, and friends to join in. Together, we can help our children love reading for life.