Over 500 volunteers read to Waxahachie ISD students for the 21st annual “Drop Everything and Read” Day. For some readers, they’ve volunteered for a decade while for others it was their first time.

Shon Brooks just moved to Waxahachie four months ago, and when he heard about the day of reading, he jumped on the opportunity. Brooks is the planning director for the City of Waxahachie, and his wife is a teacher in Arlington. He shared when growing up reading was always an enjoyable task.

He joked about how he found it hard to not to yawn during the reading because he’s used to reading to his children at night before bed.

“I think it’s a good cause to go out in the community and it was fun,” Brooks expressed.

After reading the first chapter of “Killer Pizza,” he was eager as some students to start the next chapter.

On the other hand, some volunteers like Jim Phillips, owner of KEBC 1390, have lost count of the number of years he's read. He recalled 15 years but assured Mellissa Cobb, director of partners of education for WISD, would know exactly.

“It is a great way to give back to the community,” Phillips said. “I love seeing the look on the little guys and girls’ faces as you read to them. It’s just a wonderful experience; I love seeing Waxahachie Drop Everything and Read.”

Nancy Speelan is the office manager at KEBC 1390 and said she’s been reading on DEAR Day for four years. Before starting the first chapter of “Killer Pizza,” she asked the students to get creative and guess what the story was about.

“I love interacting with the kids, and I think reading is a great skill for everyone to have,” Speelan said.

All of the volunteers expressed the sixth graders at Howard Middle School were engaged, and they picked a great story for them today.

Reading took place in grades Kindergarten through sixth grade.