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Park Avenue Students are Wild About Reading

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From guest readers to a bookmark contest, there was a big emphasis on literacy throughout March at Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School. It was Pick a Reading Partner month and this year’s theme was “Get your paws on a good book."

PARP kicked off on March 1 with teachers reading their favorite books aloud to their classes. The following day was the birthday of renowned children’s author Dr. Seuss, so librarian Tim Quinn visited classrooms dressed as the Cat in the Hat. 

March featured both in-person and virtual guest readers. Family members of third, fourth and fifth graders as well as Village of Amityville police officers shared books in virtual read alouds. Administrators including Superintendent Dr. Mary T. Kelly, Principal Robyn Santiago and Assistant Principal Joshua Atlas visit classrooms to read. 

Park Avenue students also made digital connections with their peers from other schools. They were paired up to read with children at Northwest Elementary School, and took part in virtual read alouds with members of the National Junior Honor Society at Edmund W. Miles Middle School. 

“The community outreach has broadened because we have the virtual component,” instructional coach Laura Maurer said.

There were mystery readers during the morning announcements, and the first student to guess the reader correctly each day received a prize. Participants also had a chance to earn prizes by logging the minutes spent reading at home with family members.

Students came dressed up for several spirit days in March. They donned their school colors to show they are proud Amityville readers, wore jerseys as a reminder that learning is a team sport, wore clothing with paw prints to show they are wild about reading and cuddled with a good book on pajama day.
 
This year’s bookmark contest was based on the PARP theme and students could enter either a hand-drawn or computer-illustrated picture, allowing remote students to participate. This year’s winners were Emely Caceres Romero in third grade, Tiarra Ruddock in fourth grade and Daniela Ramirez in fifth grade. 
 
Children’s author Amy Mucha had a read aloud and Q&A session with Jennifer Zider’s third grade class. As a closing activity, “Scuba Steve” author Steven Kamlet presented at virtual PARP Family Night on March 22. The Amityville Parent-Teacher Council purchased 50 autographed copies of his book which were raffled off to students. 
 
Monday, May 17, 2021