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Unstoppable Readers at Manor School

Seaford Manor Elementary School students are being encourage to read, read and read some more. The school launched its three-week Pick a Reading Partner program on Jan. 28 with a spirited assembly and inspirational words from a published author.

The theme for this year’s PARP program is “We are all superheroes at the Manor School… we are all unstoppable!” It is based upon the book “Unstoppable Me!” by Dr. Wayne Dyer. There are 10 life lessons in the book, and Principal Debra Emmerich, Assistant Principal Mary Ellen Kakalos and teachers and support staff dressed up as superheroes to represent these lessons.

The PARP committee led by Andrea Catalfomo, Andrea Parisi and Lisa Sanfilippo said that “Unstoppable Me” was chosen because it can foster a love of reading while lending itself to wonderful conversations about the different life lessons.

Retired school librarian Eleanor Turino read her latest book to students, “Rescue Me.” It is based on a true story about a library book that was left in a hotel by a student on vacation, but made its way back to the Manor library. She told students that “everyone has a story in them” and hosted a question and answer session about the writing process.

Students will participate in several literacy-themed activities throughout the PARP program. There will be buddy reading sessions, a used book collection, a book swap and drop everything and read moments. Children will also log minutes they read at home either independently or with a partner.