Waxahachie ISD students are excited as they and 500 volunteers prepare for the 22nd annual Waxahachie “Drop Everything and Read” (D.E.A.R.) Day. Over 500 volunteers from businesses, service organizations, churches, colleges, and PTO’s will be on WISD campuses to read to classrooms in a community-wide reading effort to stress the value and the joy of reading by providing reading role models. Businesses, organizations, and individuals are donating books so that every elementary classroom in Waxahachie ISD has at least one new book for the day. Since the program began twenty-one years ago, over 4,750 books have been donated and 10,000 hours of reading have been volunteered for this one-day event! “I absolutely love every minute and look forward to next time. Awesome – great experience! This is one of my favorite events of the year, thanks for having me! This is a great opportunity for all of us.” commented D.E.A.R. Day readers. One other reader said “I wish you well for many years to come. D.E.A.R. Day is a wonderful event. This reminds me of my younger days.” D.E.A.R. Day has become an anticipated event throughout Waxahachie as volunteers around the community return to read year after year. “We are very grateful for the continued and faithful support of Waxahachie Schools from the outstanding volunteers of the Waxahachie Community.” Melissa Cobb - Director, Partners in Education.