POSTED 3/7/2014OESJ Elementary kicks off Parents as Reading Partners program
The OESJ Elementary School kicked off its Parents as Reading Partners, or PARP, program, Monday, March 3, celebrating Dr. Suess' birthday with a special breakfast and a visit from the Cat in the Hat.
On March 2, Dr. Suess, whose real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel, would have been 110 years old.
During the next two weeks, the school will have a number of reading activities such as a Book Fair, which began March 7, a Read a Shirt Day and a Reading Olympics.
In addition to in-school activities, the program also encourages parents to read with their children at home for 20 minutes each night. Students are asked to keep a log of their at-home reading.
"By reading aloud with young children you help them develop listening and language skills, and you help them develop a strong reading foundation," OESJ Elementary School Principal Jeanine Kawryga said. "I encourage all our parents and students to take the time to participate in PARP."
Experts point out that students who read 20 minutes per day will likely read 1.8 million words by the end of the sixth-grade. A student who reads just one minute per day, however, will read only 8,000 words.
"Students who spend more time reading do better in school," Kawryga said. "We must encourage our students to develop good literacy habits."
PARP is sponsored by the OESJ Elementary/Middle School PTA. A closing ceremony for the PARP program will be held on March 20.
Students Monday, March 3 had a special breakfast in honor of author Theodor Geisel's (Dr. Suess) birthday.