, Port Arthur, Texas

October 10, 2012

Reading rally revs up students

Josh Brown
The Port Arthur News

PORT ARTHUR — Students at William B. Travis Elementary got a break from class to see dance performances, listen to music, and meet a fireman — all for the sake of reading.

Port Arthur Independent School District and Chevron Phillips hosted the annual “Read to Succeed” rally in the elementary gym on Tuesday morning.     

The event was to positively reinforce reading for students and encourage them to participate in the accelerated reading program.

Students, parents, faculty and staff were serenaded by the school’s choir and saw a performance from the Travis Stars cheer squad. The Thomas Jefferson Middle School drum line made an appearance, along with Buddy Bear, the Chevron Phillips mascot.

A Port Arthur firefighter gave safety tips to the crowd, and the six weeks reading trophies were handed out to the winning classrooms. PAISD Superintendent Johnny Brown and a representative from Chevron Phillips gave speeches.

“You have one of the best group of teachers in this country,” Brown told the students. “We have one of the best partnerships anywhere with Chevron Phillips.”