When it comes to being involved in the lives of students, community leaders and other residents of Waxahachie never fail to rise to the occasion.

And scores of them turned out at local schools to participate in WISD’s annual Drop Everything and Read campaign.

Several classes gathered around their guest reader and hung on every word. At Northside Elementary School, former Waxahachie Mayor Joe Jenkins read to Jennifer Harrell’s fourth-grade class Friday during the 8:45 a.m. as the class members gathered in the hallway.

Other classes included Angie McClain’s fourth-grade computer class, welcoming Bob Lynn as its guest reader; Janet Magee from Vintage Bank in Waxahachie read to Alisha Mathew’s fifth-grade class; and Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce board member Kevin Chester took time to read to Glynis Butler’s fifth-grade class.

Northside principal Debbie Gish was elated with the program and the response by her students.

“This is an event our students look forward to every year – and it’s so great to see people of our community volunteer to give of their time reading to students,” Gish said. “It’s really a great experience for all of them.”

DEAR Day is an initiative held annually and sponsored by the National Education Association, established as a special reading celebration to remind and encourage families to make reading together on a daily basis a family priority.

Contact Paul at paul.gauntt@wninews.com or 469-517-1450.