Students are on a Reading Rampage

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As a kickoff celebration for Parents As Reading Partners, students in the Bellmore School District celebrated reading and its rewards during an assembly, which featured Steve Petra and the Petra Puppets. During this interactive show, Reading Rampage, students met puppets The Brain, Gus the Word Bird and Pierre Lobsterre, who honed into the power of words.

“Sometimes reading can be work, but it takes work to get things done and to progress,” Petra told the students.

Puppeteer Steve Petra trained at the National Theatre of Puppet Arts and at Jim Hanson Productions in Manhattan. His shows combine educational content with puppetry, illusions, props, sound effects, music and humor to keep students engaged. During Reading Rampage, students explored onomatopoeia, figures of speech, parts of a book, punctuation and more.

Principal Sally Curto explained that the show tied into the PARP theme of “Formula for Success”. She also encouraged the students to read for an additional 15 minutes during the annual PARP celebration.