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AGM hits a home run with reading

school play kids holding up orange banner sign AGM kicked off its PARP/WEIRD program with a homerun! Pick a Reading Partner (PARP) and We Enjoy Individual Reading Daily (WEIRD) are annual PTA-sponsored programs that aim to increase daily reading for all AGM students. Students in grades K-2 participate in PARP and students in grades 3-5 participate in WEIRD.

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The theme of this year’s programs is “Read Around the Bases.”. The kick-off assembly featured some local baseball stars. Members of the NY Mid-Atlantic Regional Little League World Series Championship team were interviewed by fifth graders Dante Putrino and Drew Karedes. The boys asked the team about their road to the championship. The team also shared about their lives off the field, balancing homework and baseball, favorite books, and some memorable reading moments.

The assembly also included a visit from the Binghamton Rumble Ponies. Members of the Rumble Ponies staff stopped by to share the story behind the newly adopted team name, introduce some exciting changes to the ballpark this year, and gave out gear and prizes. One of the staff members, a former AGM student, also took time to share a reading success story of his own. Nick Andrews told students about his own struggles as a reader while at AGM, until his fourth-grade teacher, Mrs. Stevenson, made a special book recommendation for him. With her help, Nick developed a new, more positive attitude about reading and school. To close, the Rumble Ponies staff invited all students who successfully complete the PARP/WEIRD program to “AGM Day” at the ballpark. Students will receive free admission to the game, a meet and great with players and mascot, and participate in a variety of exciting game-day activities and competitions. The PARP/WEIRD team hopes that all AGM students will be champs of the reading game this year!
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