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Over 100 successful PARP participants were invited to last Wednesday's graduation ceremony at the Arkell Museum and Canajoharie Library.

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Canajoharie students and PARP participants, from left, Kelly Davidson, Angelo Fatta and Cody Haig view some of the prizes they could potentially win.

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Wyatt Fowler receives his PARP certificate.

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Canajoharie pre-k student Giavanna Fatta receives her PARP participation certificate.

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Over 100 complete PARP reading program

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - Updated: 9:32 PM

By JOSHUA THOMAS

C-S-E Editor

CANAJOHARIE -- Last Wednesday, a Parents As Reading Partners completion ceremony was held at the Arkell Museum and Canajoharie Library, wherein students who completed their PARP promise to read every night, five days a week, for at least 15 minutes were honored for their achievement.

PARP is a New York State initiative started in 1978 to boost not only student reading, but parental and community involvement. The PTA became a PARP sponsor in 1987. Canajoharie Central School District PTA President Caresse Karlau-Beam said that because of the additional reading required in PARP, "statistics show that the kids actually do better in school."

This year -- PARP's second in Canajoharie Central School District -- the Canajoharie Library helped develop a reading program with the PTA, creating a library card sign up initiative. 

"We serve a natural partnership," said Canajoharie Library Director Leah LaFera, continuing, "the reason the public library thought this was such a natural fit is because we do something very similar in our Summer Reading Program," wherein kids are encouraged to read throughout the summer with parental participation.

"This is the first time the public library has really worked with the PTA," LaFera continued of the successful collaboration, noting that the library had 75 new membership sign-ups as a result. While older kids usually already have library cards, programs such as PARP provide an opportunity for young kids to sign up early.

"It's a really crucial point," to capture their attention, said LaFera, stating that if extracurricular reading is worked into a a student's schedule, it can become an ingrained practice that carries on throughout life.

Of the 200 kids, pre-k through grade 6, who enrolled in this year's PAPR program, over 100 successfully finished and were invited to last Wednesday's event. The number grew from last year and "hopefully next year it'll be even bigger," said Karlau-Beam.

Of parental response, Karlau-Beam commented, "It was quite good. It's really a good turnout. I've had a lot of nice compliments about it and it works well for the kids."

Each child successfully completing PARP was provided a certificate and goody bag, along with a golden ticket, which they could use to bid on a variety of prizes, which were donated by, to name a few businesses, Wal-Mart, American Girl, Barnes and Noble, Ruby and Quiri, Twilight Gardens and Pizzeria Mercato. Subway and the PTA also donated food for last Wednesday's event.

The Canajoharie Library's annual Summer Reading Program will kick off in about two months, and information about this summer's upcoming programs is forthcoming.

     

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