Reading for the Gold

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Babylon Elementary and Memorial Grade School students participated in an Olympic-themed Parents as Reading Partners program this year, reading thousands of minutes as part of the annual multi-week event. PARP, a PTA-sponsored initiative, encourages individuals to take time out of their daily lives to read for pleasure and develop a lifelong habit for reading. Students are encouraged to read daily with friends and family members.

During a special closing ceremony at the elementary school, students participated in a multi-disciplinary program coordinated by the school’s librarian, and music, art and gym teachers. In the gym, the classes represented different Nordic countries and took part in three winter Olympic-themed events – slalom skiing using scooters and cones, cross-country skiing using beanbags on their feet and foam sticks for poles, and a two-man bobsled using scooters and hula-hoops. Decorative posters representing each of the countries blanketed the walls of the gym and a set of Olympic rings and paper torch hung in the facility. The national anthem of each of the represented countries was played at the start of the event and each student received a gold medal at the end of the program.