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Reading easier than walking the plank
By Bruce Watson

Land, ho! Prepare to read or you may be forced to walk the plank as this year’s literacy program rolls in to town like waves on the ocean.

An assembly complete with pirates, the Richfield Springs Central School (RSCS) Marching Indian drum line, pirate poems, and singing kicked off the three week Parents as Reading Partners (PARP) program at RSCS for students in grades pre-kindergarten through sixth, on Monday, March 16.  

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Recognize these swashbucklers and scallywags?  Elementary staffers, including (front, from left) Kathy Welch and Karen Sportello, joined (seated, from left)  Tracy Allen and FaithAnn Young, (kneeling, from left)  Penny Harrington, Darlene Barnhart, and Amy Curtin, and (standing, from left) Jan Wust and Lori Dykstra  in performing a pirate skit kicking off the annual Parents as Reading Parents event. The skit was based on the book “Backbeard and the Birthday Suit: The Hairiest Pirate Who Ever Lived” by Matthew McElligott. (Photo by Bruce Watson)
A skit was presented at the Monday assembly by members of the elementary staff at RSCS to kick off the Parents As Reading Partners program for 2009.

The skit was based on the book “Backbeard and the Birthday Suit: The Hairiest Pirate Who Ever Lived,” by Matthew McElligott, and was performed by elementary school staff members Kathy Welch, Karen Sportello, Penny Harrington, Darlene Barnhart, Amy Curtin, Jan Wust and Lori Dykstra.

 The RSCS staff committee has planned three weeks of activities all relating to this pirate theme. Some of the events include Bedtime and a Book night, on March 26; PARPcorn day, on March 31; a visit by author McElligott, on April 2; a treasure hunt; dress like a pirate day; and talk like a pirate day.

The students will also be keeping reading logs to record time spent reading with their parents in an effort to help make reading a family activity.

And while no one will be tied to the mast, one of the principals will have to endure being duct taped to a wall at the end of the program.

According to art teacher Karen Sportello students will be rewarded with duct tape as part of the program.  

After passing Accelerated Reader computer comprehension tests on books they have read during the three week program, students will earn inches of duct tape as their reward.

Their duct tape collected will be combined with inches of tape earned by other students that will then be used to duct tape one of the principals to the wall when the program winds down.

Students in these grades have been given take-home materials that parents should have in their possession. So avoid mutiny on the bounty and pick up a book and start reading, Matey.  

Get on-board for treasured moments of reading with your children.


Bruce Watson is a freelance writer for The Mercury and currently substitutes for ODY. He is a recent retiree of RSCS.

 


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