The PARP Program not only included parents as reading partners for the students of Barringer Road Elementary, but the entire three weeks of events incorporated student athletes from Ilion High School and Herkimer County Community College, local law enforcement officers, and Firefighters. All of whom donated their time with the students in order to focus on reading and bring an element of fun to reading comprehension.  “PARP celebrates the importance of reading in our everyday lives. The program really gets the students motivated to read.  Spending just 15 minutes a day reading with your child helps “grow a reader” and raises the potential for academic and lifelong success” says Mary Day another PARP coordinator.

As the weeks progressed, the students in each classroom accumulated reading minutes to see who could read the most. Several awards and wonderful prizes ranging from autographed baseballs, Baseball Hall of Fame tickets, Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawg     t-shirts, mini baseball bats, and free tickets for all PARP participants to a Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawg game on Friday June 18th! The students at Barringer Road Elementary will be honored at the Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawg’s baseball game by having that particular game designated as “Barringer Road Readers Night”. In addition, the class who read the most minutes won a special visit from Home Depot employees. Home Depot volunteers came to our school with aprons, hammers, nails, and paint to lead the students through constructing their very own wooden box.  A fun project that can be used as a place to keep baseball cards for current and future big league stars!!! Thank you Home Depot.

The book Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Babe Ruth Baseball served as the feature reading for a “one book for all” exercise in which the daily announcements included a trivia question with prizes and awards for correct answers. Every classroom teacher read the book to their class, thus building a sense of community reading and interest.

The PARP program continues to be an integral part reading development atBarringerRoadElementary School. The PTO and the teachers should be commended for another solid year. Everyone really worked hard and the students had a great week of reading fun.

We would like to thank each and every individual who took time out of their busy day to come and read to our students.  Special thanks goes to all the Barringer teaching professionals who jumped right in to embrace the program and go out of their way to help organize the program…………it was a great team effort by all!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hope to see you at the ball game on Friday, June 18th at 7:00.  You will be amazed at how much fun a night at the ball-park can be.