The PARP (Parents As Reading Partners) program encourages families to enjoy the wonders of reading together, on a regular basis, for three weeks. Students who participate are awarded prizes and celebrated among their classmates.
The students are rewarded three-fold: they get the pleasure of reading, the joy of sharing time with a loved one, and the awarding of fun prizes from school.
This season’s PARP Program also includes DEAR: Drop Everything And Read and Ms. Pfister’s 6th Grade PARP Patrol.
Over summer and early in the school year, students were invited to come up with PARP themes and design the button and bookmark prizes. The themes and designs were displayed in the hallway outside the Library Media Center and online at www.montaukschool.org. Students had chance to view them and were then invited to vote for their favorite in two categories: hand drawn and computer generated.
Congratulations to Jillian Hear for her hand drawn Fall PARP Season theme and designs: “Read with PARPLE People” and to Vanessa Hammond for her computer generated Spring PARP Season theme and designs: “Find a Spot to READ!”
PARP Guest Reader Day event kicked off the spring PARP season on Tuesday, Feb. 28. The Funky PARP Singers opened the assembly with their song, “Read This Book,” featuring their own original lyrics to the tune of Katy Perry’s “Firework.” The group includes: Han Le, Samantha Prince, and Kaitlyn Damm. Their musical advisor and accompanist is Mr. Skoldberg.
We had a fabulous roster of Guest Readers this year that included some new faces and returning favorites (see separate list of readers). The Montauk School PARP Guest Reader Day has become a very sought after gig. Veteran readers and potential newbies book their slots early and arrange travel plans and other events around the PARP kick off.
The guest readers were:
- Karen Theiss, Montauk School Nurse
- Brigid Collins, Montauk assistant principal
- Kathy Decker, crossing guard
- Joan Franzone, Montauk PTA president
- Lidia Karras, baker, cookie shop owner
- Bruce Howard, postal worker
- Haleigh Schellinger, teacher's aide
- Chrstopher Mandato, music teacher, band leader
- Karen Brown, secretary
- Christine Langerfeld, retired librarian
- Rick White, computer teacher and volunteer firefighter
- Kevin Mulligan, custodian, officer of
- Kim Notel, officer, DARE officer
- Michael Adelson, school psychologist
- Phyllis Clemenz, retired librarian
- Sarah Newbery, catering business owner
- Yasna Schiappacasse, bus driver, manicurist at
- Maureen Rutkowski, owner, director at
- Sylvia Overby, East Hampton Town Board member
- Taylor Vecsey, editor of East Hampton Patch
- AJ McGuire, East Hampton Town police sergeant
The day following the guest reader visits always begins with numerous kids stopping by the library to check out books that were shared the day before and other guests’ recommendations. It all makes for great reading and HAPPY PARPing!
Visit www.montaukschool.org and click on the PARP link for more info, design images, and lots of other PARP goodies.