Seaford Manor Elementary School students are combining their love of reading with mindful practices for the annual Pick a Reading Partner program. At the opening assembly, physical education teacher Dianne Dunn led students in yoga exercises for Mindful Monday.
The three-week PARP program is presented in partnership with the PTA and this year’s theme is “Just Read.” The focus is on reading enjoyment, and children are encouraged to read as much as possible from books they enjoy, whether they come from their personal collections, the school or public library, or from a friend.
During PARP, the school is highlighting author Susan Verde, who in addition to writing books for children, teaches mindfulness and yoga. Each special subject teacher at Manor is spotlighting one of her books. Students will hear “Hey Wall” in art, “I Am Peace” in library, “I Am Yoga” and “My Kicks” in physical education and “I Am Human” in band, among others. Principal Debra Emmerich and Assistant Principal Mary-Ellen Kakalos read “I Am Love” to the students at the opening assembly. Teachers and students also worked together to make peace poles that corresponded to the books.
Activities during PARP, which concludes on Feb. 14, include a book swap, mystery readers and a visit from Ms. Verde. On buddy reading day, students in the lower grades will pair up with students in the upper grades to read books together in their pajamas and with a stuffed animal.