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Cato-Meridian Elementary Launches "Pick A Reading Partner" Campaign on Dr. Seuss's Birthday

The Cato-Meridian auditorium was full of excitement on Wednesday, March 2 as students, staff, and administrators convened to kick off the annual Pick A Reading Partner (PARP) campaign. This year, the assembly was held on Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Elementary students learned how old Dr. Seuss would be (118-years-old) and shouted out some of the author’s most popular books with hints from staff and administrators.

Later in the assembly, staff and administrators spoke about the benefits of reading. Specifically, students learned that reading is free, informative, and fun. Students were then introduced to the concept of PARP which encourages reading with anyone, be it a parent, friend, or even an animal.

Students received a copy of the book Flora & Ulysses and a pacing guide to keep them on track for daily reading. If the students collectively read for 40,000 minutes during the month of March, Elementary Principal Danielle Mahoney will kiss a pig.

“It was so exciting to see all the staff and students participating in our PARP Kick-off Assembly,” said Curriculum Coordinator Jennifer Dorschel. “The energy in the room was loud and infectious! I can't wait for it to carry throughout the month as we rise to the challenge of reading 40,000 minutes collectively!”

Parents and guardians received a PARP informational packet- including a reading log, book cover contest, and tips- and can consult the Cato-Meridian social media channels for weekly discussion questions about Flora & Ulysses.

Students look on at the PARP assembly on Wednesday, March 2.

Cato-Meridian Elementary School teacher Emily Greenfield poses with two students at the PARP assembly.

Cato-Meridian Curriculum Coordinator Jennifer Dorschel presents the book Flora & Ulysses to students.