First Lady Carol Mead has chosen children’s issues as her primary area of focus. She and Governor Mead believe that children are Wyoming’s greatest asset. To that end, her work is aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles among kids to make sure they grow up healthy, happy, and safe.
She has spent the balance of her time as First Lady focusing on literacy and reading to children throughout the state at their local libraries and schools, encouraging parents and kids to read together at home for at least 20 minutes each day, and working with the University of Wyoming College of Education to establish a statewide literacy research center and clinic, which opened in March 2014. Mrs. Mead now co-chairs the Outreach and Advisory Board of the Wyoming Literacy Research Center and Clinic (LRCC). She also sits on the University of Wyoming Trustees Education Initiative Board.
Together with a coalition of community partners, Mrs. Mead launched Eat. Read. Grow., a Cheyenne-based program that provides families with an opportunity to spend quality time together over a meal and encourages them to read together at home by providing a free age-appropriate book to each child who attends. The program has spread and is now active in ten Wyoming communities with plans to launch in still more. Additionally, she has written a children’s book, Wyoming Firsts, which has been distributed to nearly 20,000 first graders throughout Wyoming.
Further, Mrs. Mead continues to champion healthy lifestyles among Wyoming’s youth, including avoiding risky behaviors. She is spokesperson for a media campaign through the Prevention Management Organization of Wyoming and the Wyoming Department of Health. Talk Early and Often is a hard-hitting campaign intended to encourage parents to talk to their kids regularly about the dangers of alcohol. She also led a team of runners in the 2013 ING New York City Marathon that raised over $30,000 to establish a new permanent endowment at the University of Wyoming. The Wyoming Remember the Eight Endowment funds programs at high schools and community colleges around the state, as well as at the University of Wyoming to prevent underage drinking and promote responsible alcohol use among young people of legal age.
Mrs. Mead also believes that participation in the arts leads to a healthy, well-balanced childhood and this is why she continues to promote the arts among young people in Wyoming. Each year the First Lady attends the Wyoming High School Art Symposium and selects art to be displayed as a part of the First Lady’s Young Artist Showcase at the Governor’s Residence. She has also worked with Wyoming high school artists on a variety of projects such as the illustration of her children’s book and holiday tree ornaments that she and Governor Mead present as holiday gifts to agency directors.
|WYOMING FIRSTS: A CHILDREN'S BOOK
First Lady Mead has written a children's book about notable moments in Wyoming's history.
|EAT. READ. GROW.
First Lady 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.
|UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING LITERACY RESEARCH CENTER AND CLINIC
Mrs. Mead partnered with the University of Wyoming College of Education to establish a statewide literacy research center and clinic.
|PREVENTION OF UNDERAGE DRINKING AND HEALTHY LIFESTYLES
First Lady Mead is working with parents and kids to curb underage drinking in Wyoming. She is spokesperson…