Storybook parade kicks off Halloween early at Owens Elementary School

Published on Tuesday, 31 October 2017 17:26 - Written by CORY MCCOY, comccoy@tylerpaper.com

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Owens Elementary has found a way to tie one of students’ favorite days of the year to learning.

Hundreds of cowboys, superheroes, princesses and even a few scary clowns paraded around the bus loop at Owens, showing off their Halloween best and their favorite books.

The school’s storybook parade allowed students to participate in the fun of Halloween, while also finding an innovative way to get them reading.

Students chose their costumes based on one of their favorite storybook characters and then told their teacher about the character they chose.

Third-grader Bailey Balliet chose “Every Cowgirl Needs a Horse.”

“I’ve been asking my dad for a horse for a long time,” she said.

Balliet thinks her plan might just have worked and hopes her costume will be the final push she needs to get her father to buy her a horse of her very own.

Her classmate Jackson Hider said he just wanted to be a cowboy, so he found a book to fit the theme.

After the parade students headed back to class, eager to get home and begin trick-or-treating.

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