ASAP, the After School Assistance Program held its seventh annual "Mrs. Kendall's 24 Hour Read In" to kick off the school year and get students into reading. More than 60 students read books and participated in other activities for 24 hours on Thursday.
They eagerly listened as guest after guest read many books to the group. Katie Galloway and Alisha Townsend-Hall from Covenant Hospice, as well as Panama City's Mayor and Police Chief, were some of the readers.
"A lot of them like SpongeBob, so they like SpongeBob being read to them," said Townsend-Hall.
She has participated in the read-in for two years and volunteers at other times throughout the year.
"Watching them grow from last year to this year, and seeing a lot of the same familIar faces, I just really enjoy it."
The kids also seemed to enjoy the books but looked forward to some other activities and games. They're enjoying the last two weeks of summer and getting ready for the new school year.
ASAP holds the read in to honor one of their biggest supporters, Kendall Middlemas. They said she had a huge passion for reading and helping ASAP students.