Van Buren Elementary School kicked off its PARP reading program with an assembly March 9. Susan Carulli, a reading teacher at the school, dons a wig and large glasses to entertain students during the assembly. Students were treated to a concert by The Bandit Band, a group of teachers who entertained students with songs about reading. The PARP program encourages students to read for at least 15 minutes each evening for a month to increase their skills and fluency and to promote reading as a fun, life-long activity. The school's theme for this year is "Reading is Everywhere."