Waxahachie ISD students are excited as they and 500 volunteers prepare for the 16th annual Waxahachie “Drop Everything and Read” (D.E.A.R.) Day on Feb. 8, 2013.  

On that day, 500 volunteers from businesses, organizations, churches, universities, and PTO’s will come into the school to read to classrooms in a community-wide reading effort to stress the importance of reading by providing adult role models.

Many volunteers are already committed to read at two times on the day, but more are still needed.

Businesses and organizations are donating books so that every elementary classroom in Waxahachie has at least one new book for the day.

Since the program began 16 years ago, over 3,500 books have been donated and 7,500 hours of reading have been volunteered for this one-day event! “Fantastic experience!” “This is one of my favorite events of the year, thanks for having me!” “Thanks for the opportunity to visit a classroom and share with the students!” commented DEAR Day readers. One other reader said, “I wish you well for many years to come. DEAR Day is a wonderful thing.  I did not like to read in school as a child, this is a positive experience for students like me.”

D.E.A.R. Day has become an anticipated event throughout Waxahachie as volunteers around the community return to read year after year.

Every person in Waxahachie is asked to “Drop  Everything and Read” at two times during the day 8:45 and 10:15 on Friday, Feb. 8. Guest readers will be placed in every classroom grades PreK-8th grades. Elementary campuses will read at 8:45 and 10:15, Finley Junior High will read at 8:45 and Howard Junior High will read at 10:15.

To volunteer as a guest reader or make contributions to purchase new books, call Melissa Cobb, WISD Partners in Education Director at 972-923-4631, extension 142 or email at mcobb@wisd.org.