March 1 marks the return of a marquee reading program at Cooperstown Elementary School – PARP.
PARP stands for “Pick a Reading Partner” and it is a collaboration between the Cooperstown PTA and the Elementary School staff and faculty. The key feature of PARP is having students read for at least 15 minutes a day with a parent or other adult who is important in their lives.
At Cooperstown, it involves events both in and outside of school and draws on Read Across America Day on March 2. For this entire week – students, faculty and staff are dressing in themes revolving around Dr. Seuss, whose birthday is March 2.
Special Education Teacher Carrie Maxian and AIS Teacher Stephanie Long are organizing PARP activities. Jr./Sr. High School Library Media Specialist Michelle Hitchcock is also assisting.
On Monday, the school community wore orange in honor of The Lorax. On Tuesday it was crazy sock day in honor Fox in Socks. Wednesday, the school community will wear red and their favorite hat in honor of The Cat in the Hat. Green will be worn Thursday for Green Eggs and Ham. Friday will feature the school community wearing their favorite college or destination shirts in honor of Oh, The Places You Will Go.
A READ-ing Pep Rally will mark the beginning of PARP on March 1. A door decorating contest will run from March 6 to March 10, with the winners announced at the Friday Finale on March 10.
Darren Sardelli will be a guest at a school assembly on March 16 and the focus will be on humorous poetry.
Events outside the school include ‘’Library Nights’’ at the Kinney Memorial Library on March 8 and the Cooperstown Village Library on March 15. The time for both events will be between 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
The PTA’s Crayon Carnival will also be on Saturday, March 25.
PARP is capped on March 31 with a Family Reading Night between 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Students will be able to earn reading tokens by reading and returning to school reading recording slips. They will also be eligible to get event coupons for the out-of-school events. Students will be able to earn participation prizes for turning in the reading tokens and event coupons.