Businesses, organizations, PTOs, and students join in preparation for D.E.A.R. Day

older students read to younger studentsWaxahachie ISD students are excited as they and hundreds of volunteers prepare for the 23rd annual Waxahachie “Drop Everything and Read” Day on Feb. 21, 2020.

Over 500 volunteers from businesses, service organizations, churches, colleges, and PTOs will be on WISD campuses to read to classrooms in a community-wide reading effort to emphasize 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 WISD has at least one new book for the day. Since the program began 23 years ago, over 5,250 books have been donated, and 11,000 hours of reading has been volunteered for this one-day annual event.

“I absolutely love every minute and look forward to next time,” said one D.E.A.R. Day reader. “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.”

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 ISD schools from the outstanding volunteers of the Waxahachie community,” said Director of Partners in Education Melissa Cobb.

WISD invites Waxahachie residents to join us and “Drop Everything and Read” on Friday, Feb. 21 at both 8:45 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. Guest readers will be placed in every classroom grades prekindergarten through sixth grade.

Turner Prekindergarten Academy will read at 8:45 a.m.; meanwhile, all kindergarten through fifth-grade elementary campuses will read at 8:45 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.

Coleman, Finley, and Howard Junior High sixth-grade classes will read at 10:15 a.m.

To make contributions to purchase new books for D.E.A.R. Day or for additional information to reserve your place to read, please contact Melissa Cobb at 972-923-4614 or