Local Author Helps PAMES Kick Off PARP

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As a kick off for their Parents As Reading Partners (PARP) monthlong event, students at Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School received a visit from Newsday editor and self-published author Sandra H. Miller.

During the visit, Miller explained how her life experiences were her inspiration for writing “Saplings and Sisters.” Written in a poetic structure, she read the story aloud as the students followed along on the projector screen and yelled out the rhyming words. After the reading, Miller shared examples of life lessons that are evident throughout the story and offered students some creative writing techniques.

“It’s [the story] a compilation of experiences and wishes for a legacy of kids to learn to nourish each other and the planet,” said Miller.

For the entire month of March, parents are encouraged to read with their children and help them achieve new reading goals at home. Students will log the total amount of minutes they read each night and the most dedicated readers will receive a prize.