Covert Avenue Reads for the Gold with PARP Olympics
2410 North Ocean Avenue, Suite 400Farmingville, NY 11738
For Immediate Release
Contact: Emily WoodMarch 5, 2014
Covert Avenue Reads for the Gold with PARP OlympicsStudents at Covert Avenue School in the Elmont School District proudly walked into the school’s “Iceberg Arena” auditorium on Feb. 28 to celebrate the opening ceremony of the winter Olympic-themed Parents as Reading Partners program. Coming off the Olympic games in Sochi, Russia, this year’s theme – “Covert Avenue Is Reading for the Gold” – plays off the traditional Olympic motto of “citius, altius, fortius,” which means “faster, higher, stronger.”
During the opening ceremony, each grade level marched in representing their respective sport, which included speed skating for kindergartners, figure skating for first-graders, snowboarding for second-graders, ice hockey for third-graders, bobsledding for fourth-graders, luge for fifth-graders and ski jumping for sixth-graders. To kick off PARP, pre-kindergarten students served as the torchbearers and walked the flame into the auditorium. Students also had an opportunity to view a special winter Olympics video that documented how each grade level prepared for PARP by focusing on key reading strategies.
“Instead of competing with athletics, our students are competing with reading,” said Principal Mary Natoli. “This is a wonderful activity that encourages a love of literacy in a fun and engaging environment, all while emphasizing the tenets of the Common Core Learning Standards. They practice critical reading strategies as they go for the gold.”
PARP requires students to read with a parent or adult reading partner for at least 15 minutes a night, seven days a week, for the two-week duration of the program. Students compete at the grade, class and individual levels, with three students from each grade awarded the gold, silver and bronze for their outstanding participation at the conclusion of PARP.
Third-graders in Margaret Parks’ class at Covert Avenue School in the Elmont School District celebrated the opening ceremony of the school’s annual Parents as Reading Partners program on Feb. 28. This year, the PARP theme was “Covert Avenue Is Reading for the Gold.”