Students enrolled in Waxahachie schools will definitely have something to read about Friday, Jan. 26, when the 10th annual DEAR Day is held.

Created to enhance the magnitude of reading, Partners in Education coordinator Melissa Cobb said DEAR Day focuses on placing reading role models in the classrooms.

“We wanted to create strong role models who could emphasize the importance of reading and how valuable it is in our lives,” she said.

Supporting its purpose of emphasizing the importance, the joy and the power of reading, community leaders — including individuals, businesses, service organizations, churches, PTOs, university students, ninth-grade students and high school students - come together as more than 500 volunteers across Waxahachie ISD to make this special day possible.

“One guest will visit each classroom (pre-kindergarten through eighth grade) for about 15 minutes at 8:45 a.m., 10:15 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. and read one of the new books we were able to purchase through generous donations from the community,” Cobb said. “Across our district, students and volunteers will all ‘Drop Everything and Read’ at the designated times.”

In addition to the books placed in classrooms, a drawing for 10 new books will be made during the day to give to students on each campus.

In celebrating DEAR Day’s 10th-year, the district has planned a special recognition for its longtime supporters.

“Readers who have read each of these 10 years will receive a diamond-shaped jewel to wear on their button, representing their 10th anniversary,” Cobb said.

All guest readers will check in at the DEAR Day registration table at their assigned campus and receive their DEAR Day ribbon and buttons. Selected students from each primary classroom and student council members on the secondary campuses will then escort readers to their classrooms.

Members of the Waxahachie Running Indians basketball team will be guest readers at Shackelford Elementary School, and storybook and costume characters will be on each elementary campus early in the day to greet students and readers.

Chick-fil-A has designed a special DEAR Day bookmark and coupon for a kids meal to be given to every elementary age student.

“We are so thankful to our neighbors around the community who are giving of their time on Friday to make DEAR Day possible,” Cobb said. “These faithful readers will impact the lives of WISD students in such a positive way and we hope for everyone involved, it will be a most rewarding day.”

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