Sanfordville families embark on reading adventure with PARP


Sanfordville families embark on reading adventure with PARP

March 15, 2019

Children who read at home are better prepared to succeed in formal education, studies show.

In recent weeks, students at Sandfordville Elementary School logged tens of thousands of minutes of home-reading with their families during the PTA’s annual Pick-a-Reading-Partner (PARP) Read-a-Thon. This year’s book of choice was Wendy Orr’s “Nim’s Island,” also a popular motion picture.

Families read one same chapter each night and kept track of their reading minutes. The activity encourages the love of reading and strengthens literacy and communication skills, while building bridges between home and school.  

During the program, reading comprehension is enhanced in the classroom the next day through related instruction, writing exercises, art projects and games.

The installation of book-themed sets in the media center provided students with a physical connection to the story. A log of the the school’s overall reading minutes was kept on a mural outside the library–over 50,000 minutes, and counting!  

Students sit on gym floor during school assembly. Two presenters do a demonstration.In honor of Nim’s Island main character, Chica (a sea turtle), and to celebrate the families’ reading journey, the school is A man holds a turtle shell and students line up to touch and feel it.adopting an injured sea turtle from Turtleback Zoo while it undergoes treatment for an injury. Sanfordville will receive a photo of their adopted marine reptile, and be updated on its medical progress. Once the animal is fully rehabilitated, students will be able to visit it at the Turtleback Zoo. They will also be notified of and celebrate the sea turtle’s return to its natural habitat.

The Read-a-Thon culminated with representatives from the turtle rehabilitation center presenting to students on the nature of their work during a school assembly on March 13.

A paperback copy of “Nim’s Island” was donated to each school family by the Sanfordville’s PTA and the Warwick Foundation for Excellence in Learning.




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