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 formal education. PARP is a program that asks families 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. The daily activity of reading together strengthens reading and communication skills in the child and also strengthens family relationships. Note: The term “partner” may be interpreted broadly to include all adults/older siblings who play an important role in a child’s life.

PARP is a program that cements the necessary bond between the home and the school to encourage the love of reading in our children. It was developed in 1978 by the late State Senator James Donovan, Chairman of the State Senate Education Committee in 1987. The New York State PTA was asked to assume the program’s helm, and since then has administered the program.

Our PARP program is scheduled from March 5th-16th.

This year’s theme is Once Upon a Time.

Here are some guidelines for a successful program:

  • Your child picks someone to read with for 15 minutes for 5 times a week.
  • Complete the slip below and your child can enter a raffle at school.
  • A calendar of PARP events is included in this packet. Please check the calendar daily for activities scheduled during the PARP reading program.
  • We encourage your participation & to have fun.

Happy Reading!!!

SES PTA Members