Bush Elementary School Kicks Off Parents as Reading Partners Program

A crowd of cheering, singing, pom-pom waving Bush Elementary School students recently celebrated the kick-off of their Parents as Reading Partners (PARP) Program with a high-energy concert from Buffalo Music Hall of Fame inductee, singer Kevin McCarthy.

During the interactive concert, Mr. McCarthy sang popular songs often changing the lyrics to be more relatable to the students and their school. Mr. McCarthy also stressed the importance of reading and having good character traits. The visit was sponsored by the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts’ Arts in Education Program. The Bush Elementary School PTA is supporting the two-week PARP event. This year’s theme is, “Reading Makes Me Happy,” based on the popular Pharrell Williams’ song, “Happy.”

“We are encouraging our parents and students to read at least 15 minutes a day, outside of the school day,” said Suzette Iacuzzo, Bush PTA President. “PARP is important because we want to promote reading. We tell parents that you can read anything as long as it interests your child. Also, we hope it also opens up communication between children and parents and gets children excited about not only reading, but school in general.”

Bush Schools’ PARP Program asks parents to complete a daily log of reading time. At the end of the event, the PTA will give away a series of books to two younger students (UPK to first grade) and two older students (second to fourth) randomly chosen from all readers who meet the school goal. The PTA will also hold a Book Fair where every child in the school will receive a free book.

Parents and members of the Jamestown Rotary Club will be visiting classrooms to read to students. The final day will include a school-wide picnic where students can wear t-shirts with sayings or quotes and receive a bagged lunch and special dessert treat. The Bush PTA has also provided school t-shirts at a low-cost to students and a free t-shirt to every staff member. An anonymous donor gave $200 to purchase the pom-poms that will be used at future Bush events.

posted on 05/22/2014 - filed under: Community, Elementary School, PTA, Spotlight, Staff, Students, teachers