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Lily of the Valley School to host Book Signing/Open House

Friday, June 25, 2010

Lily of the Valley School #5 (pictured above) is located on the campus of the Northwest AEA at 2020 Highway 3 Bypass in Cherokee. Photo by Katie Carnes
Dr. Bruce and Jeanette Hopkins will share their stories and autograph their works during the upcoming book signing/open house July 3 at the Lily of the Valley School #5 in Cherokee.

Opening ceremonies for the open house will begin at 10 a.m. with a flag program.

At 10:30 a.m., Session one of the book signing with begin with presentations by Bruce and Jeanette Hopkins.

Bruce, will share his tale, "When Foxes Wore Red Vests." The book is part of his collection of concise, information and poetic writings that share the message that a sense-of-place can serve as a role-model for future generations and can help us learn how to best live in our communities and the natural world around us.

As an environmental educator, writer and historian, Bruce's career has included teaching in Nebraska, New York and Iowa, and serving as the chief administrator of the Iowa Area Education Agency.

Jeanette will share her book, "The Lady Bug Waltz," and tell participants about her new book, "The Jugglers," that will hit the shelves in Oct. 2011.

"The Lady Bug Waltz" began as Jeanette sat with her granddaughter, Chloe, as she was undergoing one of five open heart surgeries. Jeanette sang the song to Chloe every night as an assurance to the next day.

A life-long educator, Jeanette began her teaching career in a class one rural school and most recently taught at Morningside College in Sioux City. A former teacher in the Cherokee school district, she is a past member of the Iowa Writing Project Advisory Board and is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher in the area of Middle Childhood Generalist.

Both Bruce and Jeanette are environmental writers who enjoy "day-tripping" throughout the states. In the past few years, they have developed a series of road trips where young children have learned to appreciate nature and develop a respect for the natural world. The couple currently travels the country sharing their experiences with teachers and environmental educations.

Following the book presentations, there will be a free lunch from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. While hot dogs, chips, lemonade and homemade ice cream are being served, several local craftspeople will have presentations on their particular crafts.

Ellen Hendersen will present tatting, crocheting and knitting; Martin Zauhar will display some wood craft projects and the tools he uses to make them; and La Vonne Nielsen will demonstrate how to use her spinning wheel.

Following the lunch and lessons, there will be a history presentation on the Lily of the Valley School #5 presented by Bonnie Ducommun and Bruce Hopkins.

From 1:15 p.m. to 2 p.m., a second session of the book signing and presentations will take place before the old-fashioned games for kids begin at 2 p.m.

The finale of the event will be a spelling bee contest from 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. There will be four

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