February 23, 2009
Game Farm Donated 150 Discount Coupons to PARP to Promote Reading
MANORVILLE, N.Y. — The Long Island Game Farm donated 150 discount coupons to PARP (Parents As Reading Partners). The goal is to promote reading, and the focus will be on books about wildlife and nature. The theme of the program is "Get Wild About Reading." The coupons were sent to The James A. Dever School, a K-6 elementary school in Valley Stream, NY.
PARP gives weekly prizes as incentives for the children. The program runs for 4 weeks and one week will be designated as "TV Turnoff Week" during which students will be encouraged to visit zoos, aquariums, etc.
PARP is a statewide program designed to encourage children to read at home with their parent/guardian, grandparents or siblings for 15 minutes each day. 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. PARP asks parents/guardians to encourage their children to read, impressing upon them the fact that reading can be fun as well as informative.