Connie Stevenson, retired Jonesboro banker and president of Altrusa International of Jonesboro, will serve as reader on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 3, at Stories in the Forest at The Mall at Turtle Creek.
The program, sponsored by the Women’s Council of St. Bernards Foundation, will be one hour earlier than usual – at 2 p.m. – because of homecoming activities on the Arkansas State University campus.
Stevenson will read Big Jake Cotton Star Helper, a children’s book written by Jonesboro resident Allyson Lewis and illustrated by Angelia Heringer, also of Jonesboro.
The story is based on the real life story of a Maltipoo seizure response service dog named Big Jake Cotton. Service dogs of all kinds spend their lives serving and helping people with specific needs. And Big Jake Cotton is the author’s service dog.
The book is designed to teach children – and adults as well – powerful lessons of learning, helping and sharing hope.
Big Jake Cotton was selected to becoming a service dog by Paws 4 Hope and was trained by inmates through the Arkansas Paws in Prison program. Lewis says the friendly little dog brings joy and help to every person he meets.
Youngsters will see how much Big Jack Cotton had to learn – sitting, fetching, laying down, rolling over – even how to wave.
Lewis is the founder of Seven Minutes, Inc. The 7 Minute Life is a time management speaking, training and coaching company. She has authored four books to help people prioritize, organize and simplify their lives at work and at home and worked for three decades in the financial services industry. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and English communications from William Woods University.
The Stories in the Forest program gives parents some quality time with their children and exposes children to some favorite books of local residents. It is an outgrowth of an annual St. Bernards Women’s Council children’s program which began as Kidz Fun Fair and now is known as Kids on the Mile.
The Women’s Council is a group of about 120 area women who have joined together in an advisory role to give input on important healthcare issues impacting women and children. They encourage educational as well as service outreach efforts designed to make Jonesboro a better place to live, work and raise families.
The October Stories in the Forest is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at St. Bernards Fun Forest at The Mall at Turtle Creek and is open to the interested public at no charge.