March 13, 2014 — Big Cross students read nearly 2,000 books in three weeks, taking on the annual “PARP Challenge” with an Olympics twist.
PARP—which stands for “Parents As Reading Partners”—is an annual literacy effort promoted at each of Glens Falls’ elementary schools. With support from faculty, staff, and the Parent-Teacher Associations at each school, students are encouraged to read for pleasure every day of the challenge. They record how much they’ve read, and competitions between classes ensue.
“Don’t just read with your parents,” said Principal Debbie Hall at the school-wide kick-off assembly on January 27. “Read with an aunt, read with an older brother, read with a grandparent!” she continued.
And read they did! The final tally for all students in kindergarten through fourth grade was 1,875 books—or roughly 98 books each day of the challenge. The PARP program ended on February 14.
As a reward for surpassing their reading goals, each class of students won the opportunity to challenge Miss Hall to an “Olympic” sporting event. Below is a video of the “slalom skiing” competition. Way to go, Big Cross readers!