PARP and Dr. Seuss Partner for Student Literacy

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May Moore Elementary School students kicked-off their Parents as Reading Partners (PARP) program by celebrating the birthday Dr. Seuss. This year’s theme,  “Would You, Could You, Read a Book” was inspired by Dr. Seuss’ rhymes from the book Green Eggs and Ham and kicked off the school’s week of literacy. Educational presenter Lee Knight led off an interactive, improv concert with a presentation of “Books Alive.”

Wearing their handcrafted Cat in the Hat, tall top hats students sang and danced on stage as their favorite books came alive through music. Students transformed into the unique, colorful characters that have appeared in childhood storybooks, using props and percussion instruments to retell these Seuss tales. Students cheered while their peers strung together a series of stories including Are You My Mother? and Horton Hears a Who!. Following the performance students enjoyed Seuss classics, Green Eggs and Ham, Yurtle the Turtle shells and cheese and 1 Fish, 2 Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish Jell-O as a lunchtime treat.

PARP is an educational program used to promote student literacy at the earliest stages of development, while fostering a school to home connection. PARP encourages students and parents to come together and read aloud every night for at least 15 minutes of practice.