Students expand their minds with a little reading in the company of Wyoming's first lady.
Nearly 1,200 1st graders from Casper spent time celebrating the 19th annual "Wyoming Reads" day.
8,000 students in 23 different counties also participated and received free books.
The program provides hardback books for children with their names on them to remind them about reading during the summer.
Kids got to watch fairy tale plays, and enjoy some music provided by the Wyoming symphony.
Governor Matt Mead proclaimed May 16 as “Wyoming Literacy Day” stressing the importance of reading.
"Whenever you can be in a room with the energy of a bunch of first graders, you are blessed. Today is truly a fun day for all of us," said First Lady Carol Mead, Wyoming.
Students also got their first library cards.