Melissa Schools welcomed over 300 attendees Tuesday night at the second annual “Read Under the Stars” event at Cardinal Stadium.
Families were invited to bring a book, a light source, pillows, and blankets, and read on the football turf under the Melissa stars during the two-hour event. Each reader received a free bookmark and a glow-in-the-dark bracelet upon entering the stadium. The first 150 people to arrive received a free mini flashlight.
Librarians Cari Montgomery, Debra Bridenbaugh, and Shana Nowlin introduced the event. During the introduction, students representing Harry McKillop Elementary, Melissa Ridge Intermediate, Melissa Middle School, and Melissa High School each read an excerpt from a literary piece of their choice. These students were chosen by their school librarian based on their passion and love for reading.
Eighth grade student Kaycee Fender read an untitled piece by Erin Hanson. Fifth grade student Caden Brinlee shared his journey through The House of Hades by Rick Riordan. Third grade student Kamden Breaux read “Books Fall Open”, a poem by David McCord. Senior Kandra Velazquez and junior Ryan Humphries read “Open a Book” by an anonymous author.
As the introduction came to a close, the stadium lights turned off, flashlights and lanterns turned on, and reading began.
“It was truly a magical experience to see from the press box,” said Cari Montgomery, who organized the event. “You could see how reading came alive and brought families of our Cardinal community together for a special night under the stars.”
The flashlight giveaway was made possible by Walmart stores in Anna and McKinney (Redbud and Custer locations). Each store donated a $50 gift card to Melissa Schools.
Read Under the Stars was developed in 2016 as part of the district-wide #Read2Grow reading initiative at Melissa Schools. The annual event is another opportunity for Cardinals to celebrate reading and “Grow Through the Pages”.
Contributor: Cari Montgomery
Media Contact: Maddie Coe, Community Relations