It’s time again for the Blazing a Trail for Literacy reading initiative in Waxahachie ISD in partnership with Waxahachie Fire-Rescue. This is the 13th annual Blazing a Trail for Literacy, which is a reading contest for WISD’s first- through fifth-graders.

“As most already know, reading is a very important and fundamental building block in the educational development of our children,” said Melissa Cobb, director of WISD’s Partners in Education. “It is our belief that reading is the backbone of our children’s education (and we are) committed to promoting reading in our schools and at home.”

The contest begins Oct. 7 and ends Oct. 20. Parents are asked to tally the total number of minutes read per day on a time sheet provided by their child’s teacher, and to sign where indicated to confirm the information.

The student who accumulates the most minutes for his or her grade level will be declared the winner. There will be five winning students per elementary school, with one student in each grade level recognized.

At the conclusion of the contest, the Waxahachie Fire-Rescue will tally the minutes and declare the 2019 winners. This year, each winning student will be awarded prizes and get to ride to school in a fire engine.

“We are very thankful for our continued and faithful partnership with Waxahachie Fire-Rescue as we work together for this reading initiative,” Cobb said. “How especially exciting for our student winners to ride to school in a fire engine.”

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