Make Reading Magic in 30 Minutes a Day
Twenty-one days – that’s the time it takes to start a new habit. What better habit to start the new school year with than reading as a family?
How about reading for two 15-minute sessions each day? One session could be a read-aloud where an older family member reads to a younger member; the other session could be an independent reading choice. Better yet, have your child read to you!
Imagine the places your child will travel in their minds and the things they will learn in 30 minutes of reading a day.
Your child would read approximately one million words a year in just 15 minutes. It’s so much more than just one minute a day, which adds up to approximately 50,000 words.
Ben Carson's mom read to him as a single mom, and her son went from being in the bottom of his class to a renowned neurosurgeon (and a presidential candidate)!
So let’s start the school year off with some great habits: Shut down the video games and television for 30 minutes a night and replace them with reading. See if it doesn't create some of the fondest memories you will have with your child. I did this with my sons, and it’s something I have never regretted. I only wish I had continued this habit as my children became older.
Let RAP members know of your successes and struggles. How can we help? We would love to hear your story!
-- By Linda Elliott
Perry Elementary School reading teacher
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Pre-order Your Copy of Perry's Official Story
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Henry Loves Hills, Perry’s official book written by Perry native Patrick E. Brennan, can be preordered now for delivery later this year. The book is a tale of a school bus named Henry who travels the rolling hills of the scenic Perry area, safely delivering children to school and home. Henry, driven by Ed, confronts and overcomes his biggest challenge during a raging January snow storm, inspired by the Blizzard of 1977. Sally Snowplow helps out.
Brennan’s story was selected as the community’s official book as part of a competition orchestrated by Read Around Perry (RAP) with support from the Town of Perry’s Bicentennial Committee. Brennan, who graduated from Perry Central School, based Henry Loves Hills on his own experience of a bus ride during the infamous blizzard. RAP is a Rotary-initiated community literacy program.
Dan Butler, a Village of Perry resident, is illustrating Henry Loves Hills. He was selected to illustrate the story by RAP’s executive board. Butler was the 2015 featured artist for this year’s Perry Chalk Art Festival held on July 11.
Secure your copy of the 32-page Henry Loves Hills by preordering it a Burlingham Books in Perry or downloading and mailing in the order form found here. The cost is $16, including tax, if ordered and paid for prior to Oct. 1, 2015. After that date, the cost is $17.99, plus tax. You can also stop by the RAP booth at the Perry Farmers’ Market on Saturday, Aug. 8 to fill out a preorder form or email requests to reserve copies to email@example.com.
Preparing for the Upcoming School Year
WHAT WE DO
Perry Rotary Club currently promotes literacy and education by donating dictionaries to all third graders in the Perry, Wyoming, Warsaw and Letchworth school districts, in addition to funding scholarships and monetary awards to local schools. RAP further reinforces these important principles, and as Perry Rotary President Amanda Parker comments, "Read Around Perry cements Rotary's commitment to the community and to lifelong literacy."
"Any literacy program should be a two-prong approach, to reach the youngest and the community," says Bill Stavisky, former PCS Superintendent and a Rotary member. "We must turn the corner on how parents view school and literacy."
Perry Elementary School principal Steve Haynes agrees: "As a partnership between Perry Rotary, Perry Central School District and numerous other local organizations, Read Around Perry has channeled efforts towards the development of child and adult literacy within the Perry community.”
Book Donations Needed
Read Around Perry is in need of gently used children's books to fill our book shelves around town. If you would like to make a book donation to RAP, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule pick up or drop off. Thank you in advance for your donations!
Who We Are
Read Around Perry (RAP) is a long-term community-wide initiative promoting literacy, founded by the Perry Rotary Club in 2012. In addition to Rotary members, RAP is composed of representatives from Perry Public Library, Project Read, Literacy West NY Inc., and Perry Central School (PCS). At the heart of it, we are an enthusiastic group of Perry community members who believe that literacy is crucial for growing and sustaining strong communities.
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Thank you for your time, and we welcome your feedback and support!
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