Waverly Park Students Celebrate PARP

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Waverly Park Elementary School students celebrated Pick A Reading Partner Week from Feb. 1-8. This year’s PARP theme, “It Makes Sense to Read,” connected the five senses to literacy and encouraged students to pick up a book and read in a variety of ways. 

To kick off the program, students gathered in the gymnasium for a literacy pep rally. The Lynbrook South Middle School select chorus made a special guest appearance and performed for the students. Waverly Park students also participated in a poetry assembly with author Darren Sardelli.

Among the many special activities during the week, students in grades 1-5 created bookmarks, participated in a book tasting and contributed to a PARP graffiti wall in the school lobby. Here, students wrote the book titles of what they were reading. 
The PARP program brought together the community in a big way as students received visits from Waverly Park alumni, staff members and community members who served as guest readers. Among the guest readers were board members and central administrators such as Superintendent of Schools Dr. Melissa Burak, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Dr. Gerard Beleckas and Assistant Superintendent for Personnel, Transportation & Student Support Services Maureen Berman.
In addition, Waverly Park students from all grade levels visited the Lynbrook Kindergarten Center to share their love of reading with the kindergartners. To end the exciting week, the school community gathered for a PARP wRAP Up. Prior to the presentation, students were encouraged to perform an original rap or parody about reading which they posted on FlipGrid, a video discussion platform. The winners of the contest performed for the school on Feb. 8. 

Waverly Park Students Support Dr. King’s Dream

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Fifth-graders at Waverly Park Elementary School celebrated the values of Martin Luther King Jr. in honor of his day of  remembrance this month and day of service. Students read about Dr. King in the most recent Scholastic News Magazine and completed service projects to help others, just as Dr. King did. 

Students in Amy Garfinkel’s class collected 25 blankets to donate to Urban Pathways to be distributed to those in need at the Ivan Shapiro House. Students in Shari Bowe’s class also decided to give back with their own project. The class donated 26 journals with pens and pencils to the Mary Brennan Inn, a volunteer-based organization that supports the hungry and homeless across Long Island. To give residents the chance to love writing, the students created a cover for the journals titled, “Martin Luther King Jr. had a Dream…What is Your Dream?”