As part of the month long Parents as Reading Partners program, several mystery readers visited classrooms at Stewart Manor School in the Elmont School District during the week of March 24 to promote the importance of reading. Police officers, local politicians, retired teachers, principals from throughout the district and other prominent community members, as well as Superintendent of Schools Al Harper and Director of Curriculum and Instruction Kathy Safrey, read various books to students to instill a love of reading.
The school kicked off PARP on March 3 with the a reading-themed game show challenge called the “Brain Show.” In addition to different themed days, including Drop Everything and Read Day, Pocket Poem Day and Read Across America, students were visited by biographer Natalie Bober, who discussed her work with students and held a fourth-grade writing workshop. Throughout the month, students have been asked to complete at least 20 minutes of reading every night with a parent or other designated adult.
“I think it is valuable to have the mystery readers visit because everyone reads,” said Principal Hope Kranidis. “We try to instill in children that every part of their life is going to have to do with reading. When they see people like the councilman, town supervisor, our superintendent and other building principals, I think it drives it home to them. Everything we do in life has to do with reading. We learn so much from reading a variety of books – not just the informational texts they read in school, but also by exploring different genres.”