And the Nassau Region PARP Winners Are …

By:  Stephanie Avidon, Nassau Region Literacy Chair

Congratulations to the 2021 Nassau Region PTA Pick A Reading Partner (PARP) Winner:  Birch Lane PTA in Massapequa Park.  Their 3-week program was entitled “Reading Gives You Superpowers.”  The committee sent a survey to via the REMIND app asking families to select their favorite theme among three choices.  Since they needed to do everything outside of school, they set-up a PTA PARP email and YouTube account.  They had a challenge each day including read a book about your favorite superhero or bundle up and read outside.  Parents were encouraged to upload pictures of their children participating onto their Padlet site. They also created an informational video to explain the program and recruited 26 community hero readers who created videos that were posted on their Facebook page and YouTube channel.    Google forms was used to capture data which helped prove it was a successful program.

We also awarded an Honorable Mention this year to:  Oceanside School #5 PTA for their 2-week PARP program entitled “Camp Read S’more.” They decorated their hallways with 6-foot tall paper trees, camping signs, a tent and even a campfire.  Some of their activities included a book scavenger hunt (completed at home), virtual book fair, family campfire chats, a book drive for Book Fairies.  The principal hosted a “Campfire Virtual Read Aloud” on Zoom live from the tent at Camp Read S’more.  They also hosted a Spirit Week which coincided with a different book each day and encouraged everyone to dress in their camp gear or school apparel.   To make things easy for the teachers, they created PARP-themed slides which could be incorporated into their Google Classrooms.  Lastly, to culminate PARP they all read “Only One You” and had every student decorate a river rock which was put into a rock garden celebrating their community.  

Both programs ran on small budgets but made a huge impact on students, families and community members and most importantly encouraged the love of reading!   Congratulations to both Birch Lane and Oceanside #5 PTAs.  Thank you to the other units that submitted an entry too.  Every program was fun, interesting, and promoted the goal of reading together!

Is your school planning a PARP program this year?  If so, check the PARP section of the Nassau Region website (www.nassaupta.org/literacy) for the PARP Toolkit which offers helpful hints and ideas.  If you don’t currently run a PARP program, check out the PARP Toolkit to see how you can easily start and create a program that encourages the love of reading to students and families at your school.  

Maybe your school will be the featured winner next year!  The PARP Award entry will be posted online in October at https://nyspta.org/home/pta-leaders/awards-and-recognitions/pick-reading-partner-program-award/.  Deadline to enter is May 15, 2022.
If you have any questions about PARP or how to plan your PARP program, please contact Stephanie Avidon, Nassau Region PTA Literacy Chair, at literacy@nassaupta.org.

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Summer Reading

Summer Reading Ideas
By Stephanie Avidon, Nassau Region Literacy Chair

During the summer make time to explore new books and read with your children.  Reading is fun and can be done anywhere – on the beach, at the ballfield, in the car and, of course, as a bedtime ritual.  It is important that your children read over the summer so they can continue to hone their skills and be ready to learn again in the classroom in September. 

Here are three great resources you and your children can use to make reading fun while on summer vacation.

The New York State Library system has a summer reading program for young children and teens.  This year’s theme is “Tails and Tales”.  There are downloadable materials and free resources available as well as exciting online and virtual programming.  Check it out at   www.summerreadingnys.org/.  

Scholastic’s summer reading program runs through September 3, 2021.  Kids who participate will be encouraged to read, celebrate their achievements, and help increase access to books for their peers. For more information, go to www.scholastic.com/summer/home/.

Barnes & Noble has a summer reading program which offers kids a chance to earn free books in July/August.  For more information visit www.barnesandnobleinc.com/our-stores-communities/summer-reading-program/.

Wishing you a wonderful summer that is filled with new adventures you have through your books!