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POSTED 5/21/2014
Parents as Reading Partners program underway at DHR
Students at the David H. Robbins Elementary School are saddled up and excited to participate in the school’s annual Parents as Reading Partners, or PARP, program, which continues until the end of the month of May.

“Reading Ranch” is the theme of this year’s program, which incorporates Western history and culture into many reading activities throughout the month.  

In addition to in-school literacy activities, the program, now in its 31st year at the school, encourages parents to read with their children at home for at least 15 minutes each night. Students are asked to keep a log of their at-home reading. 

The school kicked of the program May 5 with an opening assembly and a visit from Rose Petal, a Shetland pony owned by William and Jan McLauchlin of Stone Arabia, and this year’s mascot Homer the Horse.

Until May 29, when the program concludes, the school will have a number of reading activities such as a book fair, a Community Reader Day, a virtual field trip to a farm thanks to the Scotia-Glenville Touring Museum, roping demonstrations, a barn dance and more. 

"Studies show that the more students read at home the better they do in school," DHR Principal Rebecca Marzeski said. "I encourage all our parents and students to take the time to participate in PARP and to continue reading at home throughout the summer and beyond."

The school is hoping to achieve a 95 percent student participation rate during the event. 

The PARP program is coordinated by DHR teachers Elaine McNulty, Celia Bradford, Andrea Null and Christine Parry and sponsored by the DHR PTO.

Captions: Top: Rose Petal, a Shetland pony, made a special appearance at the D.H. Robbins Elementary School this month to kick off the 31st annual PARP program. This year's program has a Western ranch theme. Second from top: William and Jan McLauchlin of Stone Arabia volunteered to bring their Shetland pony for the students to see during the kick off of the PARP program this month. 

PARP co-coordinators introduce Homer the Horse, this year's PARP mascot. 

Jan McLauchlin talks about her Shetland pony Rose Petal with DHR students.