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Mascots on parade during Hernandez Elementary School’s “Fall into Reading” event. PHOTO by IRIS CAMPBELL

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More than 170 volunteers — including the Chick-fil-A cow — came to Hernandez Elementary classrooms on Oct. 28 to read with students and provide refreshments as part of the school’s annual “Fall into Reading” Day.

The event included a parade in which teachers, students, and administrators dressed as their favorite storybook characters and marched behind Grand Marshal Superintendent Mark E. Eads and the SMCISD Transportation Department’s Buster the Bus.

Popular guests of the parade included KLRU’s Clifford the Big Red Dog, HEBuddy, the A+ Federal Credit Union mascot Apple character, and the San Marcos Fire Department’s Sparky the Firedog. The San Marcos High School Drum Line provided the marching rhythm, and the crowds were cheered by the SMHS Diamond Line dancers, Rattler cheerleaders, Texas State’s Boko the Bobcat and cheerleaders.

Texas State University also provided readers, including the Chi Omega Sorority, members of the baseball team, students from the College of Education, and some professors. Other community members who volunteered as readers were Patrick Rose, Rep. Jason Isaac, and the San Marcos Police Department. San Marcos CISD personnel also came by to read: a custodian, employees from the Maintenance Department, Human Resources staff, personnel from the Teaching and Learning Department, principals, and assistant principals.

Members of the First Baptist Church, who are Hernandez Elementary school “adopters,” provided all the refreshments in the library. Chick-fil-A provided not only the mascot cow with a reader, but also free kids meals for about 100 children. The cow read to several fourth and fifth grade classes.

Author/illustrator Ros Hill of San Marcos was the guest reader on Reading Heroes Day, and he thrilled the students with his lively, imaginative art.

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