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Literacy – Stephanie Avidon, Chair

  Get reading! September is National Literacy Month–and Library Card Sign-up Month    Teachers and librarians everywhere are celebrating literacy this month–and even McDonald’s wants to join in. To promote literacy, the fast food company is handing out dinosaur-themed activity books with its famous Happy Meals during September–the first time it has ever ventured into a non-fiction prize.    What’s more, it’s Library Card Sign-up Month, too–don’t forget that local Long Island libraries are now offering many safe outdoor activities and virtual storytimes, now that COVID-19 has curtailed operations. Plus, most are open for borrowing books and some offer book pick-ups. This year’s logo features Wonder Woman: “a perfect ambassador to support the value of learning and the role libraries play in transforming lives and strengthening communities through education,” according to the American Library Association.   Are you interested in exploring literacy topics this fall? Sign up now for free webinars with Sarah Cordova, a nationally recognized expert and former classroom teacher in Smithtown CSD.   Helping Create Lifelong Readers From the Start With Great Read Alouds Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2020 Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.   Picture Books That Promote Inclusion and Build Community Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2020 Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.   Click here for full descriptions and to register.


Learning to read is the single most important activity in a child’s education.  Studies show that children who read at home are better prepared to succeed in school.  PARP is a program that cements the necessary bond between the home and the school to encourage love of reading in our children.

PARP is a statewide PTA administered program that asks parents (or caregivers) to read with their children for at least fifteen minutes daily, stressing the fact that reading can be fun as well as informative.  The choice of reading materials can vary from books to anything with printed words to even playing word games like Scrabble or Boggle.  The daily activity of reading together strengthens reading and communication skills in the child and also strengthens the parent/child relationship.

A PARP program can be run at little or no cost.  It is a voluntary effort of the school/ local community which includes parents, students, administrators, teachers and staff in a collaborative partnership whose focus is on reading.

PARP Toolkit
NYS PTA has created a Pick A Reading Partner (PARP) Toolkit which provides all the necessary materials you need to run a successful program.  Each section is now available in Google Doc format and some are also available in PDF. You can now also see past PARP Award winners.

PARP Toolkit

PARP Award
New York State PTA sponsors regional PARP Awards annually, from which one statewide winner is selected.  New York State PTA units, schools (including pre-schools, non-PTA schools, non-public schools, middle schools and high schools), public libraries, community and parent groups may apply for this award. More information is available here

We encourage you to share your successful program!  Through this application process, your PTA unit could be recognized for their creative ideas and hard work for conducting the most outstanding Parents As Reading Partners Program in our Region.  The state PARP winner will receive two free registrations for the NYS PTA Convention and a plaque presented at the convention.  The award-winning application will also become part of the PARP Toolkit.

All PARP Award Applications must be received by the Region Director no later than June 15.

All Region award winners will be notified before August 15.
The State PARP Award winner will be announced by September 1.

The full New York State PTA PARP page is available by clicking here

If you have any questions about how to run your PARP program or about the PARP Awards, please contact:

Stephanie Avidon
Nassau Region Literacy Chair

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