It was the perfect night for a campout. Not too hot, not too cold. The stars were out and the moon was shining down in crescent form like the Cheshire Cat's smile in Alice in Wonderland.
And so Thursday evening, families and faculty members gathered together on the grounds of Gulf Highlands Elementary to celebrate and learn more about the wonders of the written word during the school's fourth annual Camp Read A Lot.
They read favorite books together while sprawled out or cuddled together on blankets and sleeping bags that had been laid outdoors. They enjoyed reading-themed arts and crafts activities in the cafeteria. Parents were introduced to a variety of helpful, educational Web sites that they could access in the computer lab or later at home.
And of course there were hot dogs and s'mores to be scarfed down and campfire songs to be sung, too, under the stars and a smiling Cheshire Cat moon.