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Guest Readers Share Their Favorite Books

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March is National Reading Month and Springs School has been celebrating reading through the P.A.R.P. program (Parents as Reading Partners). This week, "guest readers" have been visiting classrooms to read their favorite books. Students have been surprised to see a grandparent, other family member, or even another teacher, come in and read! Mrs. Dragone's first grade class was treated to a reading of Katherine the Komical Kow, a book read by Mrs. O'Connor. The book was Mrs. O'Connor's mother's favorite as a child, and the original was kept in her family since 1914. Fourth grade teacher Mr. McCormack read Horton Hears a Who to Mrs. Krzenski's kindergarten class. He chose the book to explain the theme: A person's a person no matter how small. Fourth grade teacher Mrs. Knight read a more contemporary story, Hip and Hop Don't Stop to Mrs. Diaz's first grade class. "It's a picture book about two unlikely rappers: A hare, who rapped too fast, and a tortoise who rapped too slowly, but together they found the perfect beat!" said Mrs. Knight. "I had a blast rapping in front of the class!"

The music continued when Mrs. Branche read her favorite book, On Top of Spaghetti, to Mrs. Hicks' kindergarten class. After she read, she taught them the song! Ms. Modica also included music in her read-aloud. She read Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato by Tomie DePaola and played some Irish songs on her piccolo.

The fun continued with Mrs. Cleary reading her favorite, Clever Tom and the Leprechaun, with Mrs. Schuppe's second grade class. Her story of a clever leprechaun tricking a man was "Great fun!" The Irish theme continued with reading teacher and PARP extraordinaire Mrs. Vickers reading Finn M'Coul to Mrs. Lamonda's class. After they read, Mrs. Vickers made Irish soda bread with the class, just like Mrs. M'Could did in the story!

Spanish teacher Mr. Kelly read Skippyjon Jones and the Big Bones to Mrs. Goncalves' kindergarten class. "We had a great time!" said Mr. Kelly.

Principal Mr. Casale joined in on the fun, as well. He read his favorite book, What To Do With an Idea, to Mrs. Knight's and Mrs. Reiner's fourth grade class. Assistant Principal Mrs. Panagiosoulis read "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" from Aesop's Fables, to Mrs. Bickley's second grade class. The fable teaches the lesson that people will stop believing someone who tells too many white lies. Click below to see the video of Mr. McCormack's surprise visit to Mrs. K's kindergarten!