•  Pick A Reading Partner 

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    Read together just 20 minutes to participate in PARP!
     
     
    We hope you enjoy reading and learning together!
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Read online together and donate books to children in need at the same time!  We Give Books has many books available to read for free.  You can also register for free to gain access to even more books.  Each time you read a book the Penguin Group and Pearson Foundation will donate a book. 
     
     
     
    About Pick a Reading Partner 

    Learning to read is the single most important activity in a child’s education.  Studies show that children who read at home are better prepared to succeed in formal education.  

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    PARP is a program that asks parents to read with their children for at least twenty minutes daily, stressing the fact that reading can be fun as well as informative.  The choice of reading materials can vary from books to anything with printed words.  The daily activity of reading together strengthens reading and communication skills in the child and also strengthens the parent/child relationship.  Note:  The term ‘parents’ may be interpreted broadly to include all adults who play an important role in a child’s life.

    PARP is a program that cements the necessary bond between the home and the school to encourage love of reading in our children.  It was developed in 1978 by the late State Senator James Donovan, Chairman of the State Senate Education Committee; in 1987 the New York State PTA was asked to assume the program’s helm, and since then has administered the program.