Literacy Champions

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Parkway Elementary School blended the fun of reading with the excitement of March Madness during Pick a Reading Partner Month, when the building hosted a five-week bracket-style literacy tournament. On March 22, the winning book was announced as, “The Book with No Pictures,” by B.J. Novak.

A bracket was created that covered the building’s main office entrance with the initial 16 books in the tournament. Each week, students voted on the book matchups to see which novels would advance to the next round while also taking the time to read the options. In the final round, “The Book with No Pictures” took the victory, followed closely by Drew Daywalt’s, “The Day the Crayons Quit.” 

For the total duration of the contest, students at Parkway collectively read 161,221 minutes. This includes four classes that read 10,000 minutes each. The fifth-grade Presidential Service Club was responsible for calculating the minutes read as well as the adjoining write ups.

To also celebrate PARP, students were invited to create book recommendations to be read in school. These one-slip recommendations eventually filled a large portion of the main hallway wall. Those who created recommendations were entered into a book drawing with the book prizes being donated by the PTA.

“I am extremely proud of the dedication and excitement our students, staff and PTA showed towards PARP this year and the reading results are incredible,” said Principal Jamie Mack.