Chatterton School hosted a successful Community Read Aloud on Jan. 26, where local business leaders, community members and other school family members were invited to read to classes.
As part of the school’s PARP or Pick a Reading Partner program, guests gathered for a welcome breakfast ahead of their personal reading experience.
Organized jointly by the Chatterton PTA and school librarian Ellen Widawsky, the event went along with the PARP theme of “A Book-Filled Birthday Bash” to commemorate the building’s 100th birthday.
“In celebrating this milestone, we have been sharing ideas about how birthdays bring joy and fun and this was a great chance for children to hear an influential community member that brings life and fun and everything that is true to Merrick here,” explained Principal Dana Bermas.
Birthday-themed books were selected for each community reader, which they in turn gifted their assigned class.
Other PARP activities included an assembly with author Susan Verde, shopped at a book fair, enjoyed shared reading experiences and a celebratory DJ dance party, all part of the PARP collaboration between the school at PTA.
Collectively they logged 69,936 minutes of reading throughout PARP.
“We hope that the excitement of PARP lives on as we continue to celebrate books and find the joy and love in reading,” added Bermas.
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