Off to a Thrilling Start

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Walt Whitman Elementary School kicked off its Parents as Reading Partners (PARP) program in thrilling fashion. To the tune of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” more than 20 teachers performed a surprise flash mob-style dance for the entire student body. Donning Halloween masks created by art enrichment students, faculty members recreated the classic “Thriller” dance video from the 1980s, much to the delight of the youngsters. Second-grade teacher Lisa Steinberg provided choreography support.

This year’s PARP theme is Haunted Halloween, with various activities planned to promote reading, including a special guest reader day and reading assignments dedicated to the theme. Students are being asked to dedicate an additional 20-30 minutes of time to reading scary books at home every night, according to PTA PARP Co-chair Melissa Breitstein. A haunted house created by the art department and PTA in the school’s main hallway serves as the center of activities, where students are contributing spooky creations and posting their reading logs.

PARP is a two-week celebration of literacy created by the National PTA to encourage parents to read at home with their children and make reading more fun overall.