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Summer Reading Opens New Doors For FPS Students

OSWEGO, NY – “This past summer the boys and girls at Fitzhugh Park Elementary School were asked to be creative and find different places to read,” said teacher Erin Trapasso. “The reading department challenged students to read for at least 40 days, to complete two worksheets telling about their favorite places to read in July and August, and to visit the Oswego Public library twice.”

Fitzhugh Park Elementary School students concentrated on reading throughout the summer months.
Fitzhugh Park Elementary School students concentrated on reading throughout the summer months.

Students from the east side Oswego school became involved in reading throughout the summer months and were recently recognized at an assembly attended by the entire student body.

Twenty-four students completed the summer long program successfully.

Not only did they receive certificates, but Trapasso noted, “All were invited on a special field trip to Fort Ontario for a celebration of their efforts. They will also be recognized by the New York State Assembly.”

Continuing she said, “The students were treated with a lunch from Subway and participated in a creative art lesson with retired art teacher Chris Zollo. We then held an ice cream celebration for these students and included 14 more students that completed only some of the reading tasks. The reading department really wants to thank the parents of these students for supporting their children in literacy over the summer months. We are also very proud of the students for taking the time to read over the summer.”

Students completing all summer reading tasks included first graders Connor Beckwith, William Adkins, Cassidy Proud, Emma Taft and Austin Burdick.

The second graders successfully completing the effort were Aaron Hibbert, Natalia Trapasso and Hannah Holland.

Fourth graders completing the summer reading program included Mackenzie Snyder, Alison Hibbert, Katie Smith, Jarod Sawyer, Katterina Ruotolo, Skylar Trapasso and Nick Holland.

The fifth graders were Nathaniel Ahart, Zachary Burdick, Mari Atkinson, Camden Proud and Mikayla Trapasso while the sixth graders recognized were Carlie Smith, James Jaskula, Eric Yurkon and Brooke Farnsworth.

Students who completed the majority of tasks were first graders Jack Anzalone and Alex Loomis; second graders Gavin Earle, Gracie Hoffman, Neveah Tucker, Hailey Dunsmore, and Audrey Atkins along with third graders Shelby Davis, Anthony Lunn, Jessica Pullen and Emily Lyboult as well as fourth graders Trent Wilkinson and Joshua Losurdo and fifth grader Rebecca Scheinert.