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Farmingdale Elementary Schools Participate in Literacy Program

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Reading is Snow Much Fun! Bookopoly! Reading S’more at Camp SEM! Reading is Our Superpower! The PTA selected these four exciting themes for this year’s Pick A Reading Partner (PARP) program at Farmingdale School District’s elementary schools.

This month, Albany Avenue, Northside, Saltzman East Memorial, and Woodward Parkway Elementary launch their 2022 PARP program. This three-and-a-half-week program is designed to engage and involve parents, caregivers, and other adults in fostering a child’s love of reading. Learning to read is the most critical activity in a child’s education. Studies have shown that children who read at home are better prepared to succeed in formal education. The goal of a PARP program is to encourage children to read with a partner every day.

The PTA's PARP committees at Farmingdale Elementary Schools prepared fun-filled weeks, including assemblies and family nights. Some of these special activities include dress like your favorite character day, flashlight Fridays, snuggle up and read, book Bingo, living history museum, mystery masked readers, flipgrid contests, design a bookmark, find a cozy spot to read, and hats off to reading.

Developed in 1978 by the late State Senator James Donovan, Chairman of the State Senate Education Committee, the PARP program asks a partner (parent, grandparent, babysitter, older sibling, cousin, friend, etc.) to read with a child for at least 20 minutes daily, emphasizing the fact that reading can be fun as well as informative. The choice of reading materials can vary from books to anything with printed words. The daily activity of reading together strengthens reading and communication skills in the child and strengthens their relationship.

For more information about the Farmingdale Union Free School District, please visit the district’s website at and like our Facebook page: @FarmingdaleSchoolDistrict

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