Reading Happily Ever After

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Extending classroom lessons on the importance of developing a lifelong love of reading, Babylon Elementary School students participated in a “Once Upon a Time…Read Happily Ever After” themed Parents as Reading Partners program this April.

With a schoolwide goal of reading 10,000 books, the students were encouraged to read during free times and nightly with their families over the course of the three-week program. Their weekly progress was charted on a Rapunzel-themed display at the school. Throughout the program, special community and school district visitors read to the students in their classrooms. Students also had the chance to visit the PTA book fair and attend schoolwide events, such as a ballet presentation of “Snow White” and National Marionette showing of “Peter and the Wolf.” Additionally, first-grade students in Leah Weissinger's class completed a reader’s theater production they called “Fairy Tale Party,” and each Friday the entire school came to school dressed based on a different PARP theme day.