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PICTURES & VIDEO: RPES Wins NYS PTA Reading Program Award for 3rd Time!

August 31, 2022

In case you missed it when we shared a brief announcement earlier this summer, Rensselaer Park Elementary was the New York State PTA’s state winner of their Pick a Reading Partner (PARP) Award! The award was for Rensselaer Park’s 2021-2022 School Year PARP program: RPES’s Adirondack Reading Adventure. This means that out of all the state regional PARP program winners, RPES was chosen as the most outstanding of them all!  

PLUS, this is the 3rd time in 4 years (!!!) RPES has won the award for its take on the PARP program. The PARP program is a statewide NYS PTA initiative promoting literacy and daily reading among young students.

Winning PARP programs must:

  • Encourage cooperative reading or literacy activities for at least 20 minutes a day
  • Have a wide variety of community involvement and participation
  • Be accessible and affordable to all communities and make creative use of literacy activities

RPES’s Adirondack Reading Adventure took RPES students and their families on a reading tour of the Adirondack High Peaks. The program ran for one month in Spring 2022 and enhanced students’ knowledge of the Adirondack High Peaks while making reading at home a fun priority. With every minute each student read together with their reading partner (a parent, family member, friend, etc) they helped their classroom travel through the school’s “Adirondack Region” and got closer to becoming a Reading 46er (there are 46 Adirondack High Peaks)! 

This year's PARP program events included The Great Reading Camp Out, A Knight in the Adirondacks, a visit from a real Adirondack 46er, an Ice Cream Social and weekly Adirondack-themed spirit days.

HUGE, special shout-out and thanks to RPES teachers Kelly Juliano & Robin Delaney for their incredible work on the PARP program not only this past year but also every year!

“Robin and I are extremely honored to be recognized by New York State PTA for last year’s PARP program,” said Ms. Juliano.  

“We love running this program and creating fun and engaging ways for our kids to participate in reading at home. We are so proud of this program and happy to represent our community and show others some of the amazing things going on in our school.”

Ms. Juliano and Ms. Delaney would like to give special thanks to RPES Principal Katie Stalker for offering to make a $100 donation to the charity of choice from the class that read the most overall minutes. That class with the most minutes read was Adam Gregoire's class and they decided to donate the $100 to Water for South Sudan after reading the book A Long Walk to Water. Finally, they wish to thank everyone who supported RPES’s Adirondack Reading Adventure PARP program last year!

Watch the short video and scroll through some of the pictures to see the decorations and activities from last year's award winning PARP program.