Schoolchildren across the state engaged in special activities aimed at promoting reading, writing and verbal skills this past week as part of the Florida Board of Education’s annual Literacy Week. Gadsden and Jackson county students were no exception, with schools in each district getting in on the fun with their own unique Literacy Week festivities. In Gadsden County, the Sheriff’s Office helped crack down on childhood illiteracy at local elementary schools. Deputies Christopher Daniels, Kandace Horne and others visited Gadsden County classrooms to read to children and stress the importance of developing their own reading prowess. “In order to reach your full potential,” deputies told students, “you must continually enhance essential reading skills by making reading a part of your daily routines.” Sheriff Morris Young himself even took time to stop by local schools. In Jackson County, Sneads Elementary School students created book-themed shoebox floats for a miniature parade. Students in Sue Howell’s music class led the procession. “This librarian’s heart is so happy,” Sneads Elementary School media specialist Tammy Bragg said of the Sneads Literacy Week celebrations, which she spearheaded.