Winthrop Students Take a Bite Out of Reading

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The third- and fourth-grade students at Bellmore’s Winthrop Avenue School kicked off October with the official start of the Parents as Reading Partners celebration. This year’s theme, “Feed Your Mind: Take a Bite Out of Reading,” began with a visit from children’s book author Kathleen Bart. Ms. Bart presented her book “The Global Gourmet” to the students, explained the writing, editing and publishing process, and shared stories from her travels around the world.

PARP features three weeks of activities, both in school and at home, designed to encourage parents or other family members to become active reading partners with their child or family member. Other events scheduled for the Winthrop students include a book fair and in-class mystery readers. The school will also host a used book drive and donate the books raised to the Book Fairies, a nonprofit group that distributes books to school districts and shelters in need on Long Island.

Imbedded in PARP is the school’s annual Health and Safety Week, during which the students will receive a visit from Nassau County Police Officer Sharon Galvin to discuss Internet safety and cyberbullying, learn techniques on stress reduction and enjoy a healthy cooking lesson from Dr. Robert Dell’Amore.