2nd-grader, mom are honored for reading

From left are Anna Galofaro with daughter Sienna Galofaro, a Forestville second-grader.

FORESTVILLE — Sienna Galofaro, a second-grader, and her mom, Anna, were honored recently with the Sen. James H. Donovan Parents As Reading Partners Reading Family of the Year Award. The award and plaque were presented at the Elementary Awards Assembly on June 20.

It is because of this family’s love of reading and commitment to the PARP Program, teacher recommendation, and their essay entitled, “What Reading Means to Our Family,” that the PARP Committee selected them this year. Their names will be engraved on a plaque with the many former PARP reading families of the past. It will be proudly displayed in the elementary school lobby showcase.

PARP was founded in 1978 by state Sen. James H. Donovan. He served as chairman of the Senate Education Committee of New York and worked to incorporate reading skills into children of all ages. As a means to achieve this goal, he developed a program called Parents as Reading Partners, or PARP.

The program encourages parents to spend short reading sessions with their children each and every day — a mere 15 minutes a day was all that he asked for.

The senator died in 1991; however, Forestville Elementary School’s PARP program continues as a reminder of his extraordinary love for students, parents, educators and of reading.

As a way to honor him, the PARP Committee has created the James H. Donovan PARP Family of the Year Award. Each year, the Parents as Reading Partners Committee selects a family that models and exemplifies what PARP is all about.

“There is no app for the lap.” Parents are a child’s first teachers, and it is their attitude toward reading that is passed on to the child. The PARP committee and the elementary teachers consistently encourage families to read, making it an enjoyable routine and habit, not a task.

This was Forestville Elementary School’s 37th year of participation in the state PTA’s Parents As Reading Partners Program. This year’s theme was “Reading Road Trip USA.” The 2019 PARP committee members included Jennifer Dunn, Lindsey Ruffo, Brenda Schneider and Gary Worosz.