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First Lady Collaborates with Students on Book of Wyoming Firsts

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State Capitol
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Ph. (307) 777-7437

November 13, 2013


Renny MacKay
Communications Director

First Lady Collaborates with Students on Book of Wyoming Firsts

CHEYENNE, Wyo. –  First Lady Carol Mead has authored a book with illustrations by Wyoming students. Wyoming Firsts: A Children’s Book is a whimsical trip though some of Wyoming’s better known and lesser known historical moments. The First Lady focuses on children’s issues including early literacy and is especially pleased this book will be distributed to elementary schools and libraries throughout Wyoming.

“This was such an exciting project because it was an opportunity to celebrate Wyoming’s history and all of the remarkable ways Wyoming has led the way. I hope the book will also encourage parents and children to read together,” Mrs. Mead said. “I want to thank all of the talented young artists who submitted drawings. It was an honor and a pleasure to work with these students and their teachers.”

Wyoming Firsts features the work of 15 high school artists. Several corporate donors funded the project. “I am deeply grateful for the support of these companies. Their funding will allow us to make the book widely available to early elementary school children. These partners share my belief in the value of reading to children every day,” Mrs. Mead said.

The donors are: Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Arch Coal, Inc., Devon Energy Corporation, FMC Corporation, Marathon Oil Corporation, TransCanada Corporation, and Union Pacific Railroad.

The First Lady is distributing copies of Wyoming Firsts to county and school libraries across the state, as well as to children. She hopes to visit many communities in person over the coming months to read with children receiving the book.