Mrs. Mead is working to advance early childhood literacy by reading to children throughout the state and encouraging parents and kids to read together at home. Together with a coalition of community partners, she has launched Eat. Read. Grow., a Cheyenne-based program that provides financially disadvantaged families with an opportunity to spend quality time together over a hot meal and encourages them to read together at home by providing a free age-appropriate book to each child who attends. Families also take home a free bag of groceries. In addition, Mrs. Mead has helped the University of Wyoming establish a statewide literacy research center and clinic. She has also written a children’s book, Wyoming Firsts: A Children’s Book, which is a whimsical trip through some of Wyoming’s most historical moments for children and parents to enjoy together.
Sheridan Elementary Schools Read-a-Thon Celebration, October 30, 2013
Mrs. Mead poses with students from Sagebrush Elementary School in Sheridan. Other schools that participated in the Read-a-thon include Woodland Park and Highland Park Elementary Schools.
Reading at Head Start, October 24, 2013
First Lady Meads read to children at Head Start in Cheyenne.
Read for the Record, October 3, 2013
First Lady Mead reads to kindergarten and first grade students at Deming Elementary School in Cheyenne to celebrate Read for the Record Day, a campaign presented by Jumpstart, We Give Books, and the Pearson Foundation to celebrate literacy and early childhood education. Millions of adults and children participated this year by reading Otis by Loren Long.
Wyoming Library Association Annual Meeting, October 3, 2013
First Lady Mead speaks to the Wyoming Library Association during its annual meeting in Cheyenne.
Building Communities Where Children and Families Thrive: The Science of Early Childhood Symposium, September 27, 2013
Mrs. Mead poses with Mary Garland (Ellbogen Foundation), left; Dr. Maxine Hayes (WA State Health Officer), right; and Michelle Sullivan, far right. Mrs. Mead offered opening remarks at the Building Communities Where Children and Families Thrive: The Science of Early Childhood Symposium in Sheridan where Dr. Hayes was a keynote speaker. The symposium was made possible by the Ellbogen Foundation, the Homer and Mildred Scott Foundation, and others.
Eat. Read. Grow. at Cheyenne’s Convoy of Hope, August 24, 2013
First Lady Mead works alongside volunteers at the Eat. Read. Grow. table at the Convoy of Hope event in Cheyenne. During the four-hour event, Mrs. Mead and volunteers disseminated over 500 free children’s books.
Community Literacy Forum in Jackson, June 11, 2013
First Lady Carol Mead speaks at a Rotary Club Luncheon as part of a Community Literacy Forum in Jackson.
Eat. Read. Grow. in Cheyenne, June 5, 2013
First Lady Mead and public and private partners from around the state held the inaugural Eat. Read. Grow. at Johnson Junior High School in Cheyenne on June 5, 2013. The program is intended to encourage families to spend quality time together at mealtime and read together for at least 20 minutes each day. Families attending received a meal, an age-appropriate book for each child in their family, and a bag of groceries. Eat. Read. Grow. will be part of the Convoy of Hope event in Lions Park on August 24, 2013.
Secretary of State Max Maxfield and best-selling Wyoming author, CJ Box, were celebrity readers at the Eat. Read. Grow. event in Cheyenne on June 5.
Children attending Eat. Read. Grow. got to choose a book to take home. The books were provided by First Lady Carol Mean and Scholastic, Inc.
Raising Readers in Wyoming Media Event, May 30, 2013
First Lady Carol Mead reads to children at the First Light Child Care Center in Sheridan at a Raising Readers media event to acknowledge and celebrate a gift from Emit Technologies in support of Raising Readers programs.
Wyoming Reads in Casper, May 14, 2013
Mrs. Mead reads to children at the Natrona County Library in Casper as part of Wyoming Reads, a statewide reading event aimed at first graders.