Be a Leader and Be a Reader

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Schools throughout the Glen Cove School District are celebrating the PTA sponsored Parents as Reading Partners (PARP) initiative during the month of January. As part of the annual two-week national celebration, elementary schools in Glen Cove are encouraging parents to read with their children for at least fifteen minutes daily, stressing the fact that reading can be fun as well as informative.

To kick off PARP, Landing Elementary School hosted 17 guest readers on “Community Readers Day,” as each community reader visited a classroom to read a book to students to share their love of reading and reinforce that reading is the single most important activity in a young child’s education. Guest readers included Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph A. Laria, Landing School Interim Principal Martin Malone along with several other school administrators and staff members, Glen Cove City Mayor Ralph Suozzi, multiple members of the Glen Cove City Police Department and Glen Cove PTA Council Co-President Suzanne Anderson, among others of local notoriety.

Similar guest reader days are planned at other district elementary schools during the next two weeks.

Additionally, two Glen Cove elementary school students can be proud of the fact that their creative talents played an integral role in promoting this year’s PARP celebration. Fifth graders Samantha Santos of Landing School and Branden Rodriguez of Connolly School each designed a logo that serves as the official designs for the program, following the theme “Be a Leader, Be a Reader.” Both students were awarded certificates from the district PARP committee and were congratulated by their respective principals and teachers.

Studies show that children who read at home are better prepared to succeed in formal education. The Glen Cove School District encourages all parents to find time to read with their children regularly, not just during PARP.