Baylis Elementary School’s Parents as Reading Partners celebration, better known as PARP, was a huge success! This year’s theme was “Do Unto Others.”

The weeklong event began on Monday, Oct. 5 with an appearance by Jester Jim, who emphasized the value of practice to become a stronger reader. Through acts of juggling and other examples of the power of practice, students left the assembly excited and ready to read, read, read!

The following day, each teacher read aloud the book “Do Unto Otters” by Laurie Keller, which highlights the importance of being a good friend and using good manners. These qualities align with this year’s focus of “Making your Mark” by working with at least one friend.

On Wednesday the entire school participated in a Stop and Read period in which faculty, staff and students all stopped what they were doing to read silently for 15 minutes. For Thursday, everyone in the building was invited to “Wear a Readable Shirt”! From ‘Let’s Go Mets” to “Syosset PRIDE,” readable shirts were seen everywhere!

Throughout PARP week, students were encouraged to bring in gently used books to be donated to the “Book Fairies Charity.” Many thanks to all of our terrific readers, for making this year’s PARP the best one yet!