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First Lady Mead and University of Wyoming Literacy Research Center and Clinic Announce Recipient of the First Lady’s Leaders in Literacy Award

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Cheyenne, WY 82002
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October 26, 2016


Jill Lovato
Executive Assistant
First Lady Carol Mead

First Lady Mead and University of Wyoming Literacy Research Center and Clinic 
Announce Recipient of the First Lady’s Leaders in Literacy Award

CHEYENNE WY – First Lady Carol Mead and the University of Wyoming Literacy Research Center and Clinic (LRCC) announced today that the Teton Literacy Center is the recipient of the inaugural First Lady’s Leaders in Literacy Award. First Lady Mead and the LRCC established the award to recognize a Wyoming citizen, organization, community, or business that has made significant contributions to advancing literacy within Wyoming.

“We received nominations from all over the state acknowledging the innovative and impactful efforts of a myriad of groups and individuals working to promote literacy in our state,” said Mrs. Mead. “Our selection committee was impressed and inspired by the caliber of work being done.”

The Teton Literacy Center will be honored at the Wyoming Business Forum luncheon on November 10 in Cheyenne and will receive a $4,000 award.

The mission of the Teton Literacy Center is to change lives through the power of literacy in its community. The TLC focuses on family literacy through prevention, intervention, and environment programs.

Nominees for the award include:

Gina M. Hughes – Cheyenne
Katy Brock – Laramie
Jolene Olson – Sheridan
Betty Abbott – Cheyenne
Susan Bednasek – Wheatland
Sue Knesel – Gillette
Casey Vansickle – Wright
John Jorgensen – Casper
Wyoming Agriculture in the Classroom – Cheyenne
Children’s Learning Center – Jackson
Raising Readers in Wyoming – Pine Bluffs
We Read – Casper
Davis Elementary School – Cheyenne

The full list of this year’s nominees and their work can be found on the LRCC website.


Walking with Our Heroes! First Lady Mead promotes Warriors to Summits

posted Aug 31, 2015, 2:47 PM by   [ updated Aug 31, 2015, 2:47 PM ]

Starting September 4, students, teachers, and anyone else around the state who wants to can follow a group of wounded veterans as they embark on the journey of a lifetime—to climb the 13,804-foot Gannett Peak right here in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming. Warriors to Summits, a program ofNo Barriers, is a national expedition sponsored by Wells Fargo & Company, that empowers veterans to overcome barriers and unleash their potential. No Barriers is bringing Warriors to Summits to local classrooms across the country to motivate and inspire students. Students can take part in the Warriors to Summits journey from their classrooms, tracking the climbers on their 2-week ascent through daily blogs, photos, videos, lessons and short activities. Teachers and students can follow the veterans during the 2-week expedition, exploring what it means to respond to life’s challenges with dignity, integrity, respect and courage.

Ryan Kelly, a Wyoming native, will participate in the hike. You can learn all about Ryan, his service to our country and why he is participating in this journey at .

First Lady Mead Signed her Children's Book at Cheyenne Frontier Days

posted Aug 31, 2015, 2:45 PM by   [ updated Aug 31, 2015, 2:45 PM ]

First Lady Mead signed her children's book, Wyoming Firsts, at the Wyoming State Museum and Old Frontier Town in Frontier Park during Cheyenne Frontier Days. Wyoming Firstsis now available for purchase through the Wyoming State Museum.


posted Aug 31, 2015, 2:43 PM by   [ updated Aug 31, 2015, 2:43 PM ]

CHEYENNE, Wyo - First Lady Carol Mead will be signing copies of her children’s book, “Wyoming Firsts,” on July 21 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Wyoming State Museum and again from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 the Wyoming Products General Mercantile in Old Frontier Town at Cheyenne Frontier Days.

Wyoming Firsts: A Children’s Book will be on sale at each book signing location for just $4.95. First Lady Carol Mead plans on launching both hard and soft cover editions of her book this fall. Proceeds go back into the cost of printing, provided by Pioneer Printing in Cheyenne. All other costs associated with the book were made possible through generous donations by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Devon Energy Corporation, FMC Corporation, TransCanada and Union Pacific Railroad.

The artwork submitted by Wyoming high school students depicts many “firsts” that Wyoming is known for including the first woman governor, first national park and other fun facts such as how Wyoming got the nickname, “The Cowboy State.”

The First Lady decided to invite high school art students from around the state to submit illustrations aimed at young children after visiting the Wyoming High School Art Symposium and recognizing the immense talent among Wyoming’s artists. The cover of the book was designed by Cheyenne East student, Sharon Cooper.

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 believes that reading to your child every day is fundamental to strengthening the parent-child bond, developing emergent literacy skills, and encouraging intellectual curiosity – all keys to becoming a lifelong learner.

First Lady Mead reads at Boys and Girls Club of Cheyenne

posted Aug 31, 2015, 2:42 PM by   [ updated Aug 31, 2015, 2:42 PM ]

First Lady Carol Mead read to children at the Boys and Girls Club of Cheyenne on June 8. The children received a copy of her book, Wyoming Firsts, and a pencil.

First Lady Mead celebrates reading at Wyoming Reads in Casper

posted Aug 31, 2015, 2:39 PM by   [ updated Aug 31, 2015, 2:39 PM ]

First Lady Mead attended the Wyoming Reads celebration in Casper on May 19th. The program celebrates first graders throughout the state and their new ability to read. Each first grader in the state received a copy of First Lady Mead's children's book, Wyoming Firsts, and another book of their choosing.

First Lady Mead Donates Books as Wyoming’s Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge “Reading Ambassador”

posted Aug 31, 2015, 2:37 PM by   [ updated Aug 31, 2015, 2:37 PM ]

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – First Lady Carol Mead and Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, have donated 500 books to Wyoming elementary schools through the 2015 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. Mrs. Mead has participated as a Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge “Reading Ambassador” for five years. This year, books were given to Kemmerer Elementary School (Kemmerer), Coffeen Elementary School, Woodland Park Elementary School, and Sagebrush Elementary School (all in Sheridan), and Tongue River Elementary School (Ranchester) to encourage kids to read over the summer.

First Lady Mead has championed early childhood literacy as part of her children’s issues initiative for the last five years. “I want to see Wyoming children reading over the summer with their families and caregivers,” said Mrs. Mead. “Reading with a child for just 20 minutes each day promotes social and emotional well-being and keeps their skills sharp over the summer months.”

The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a free online reading program that motivates children to read all summer long by logging their reading minutes in an attempt to set a new summer reading world record. Last year, the students of Wyoming were instrumental in setting the worldwide summer reading world record of over 304 million minutes; this year promises to be an even greater success.

Teachers and parents can register children for the free summer reading program by visiting From May 4 through September 4, 2015, kids can log their reading minutes, unlock stories written by 13 favorite children’s authors, and help set a new reading world record. The site also offers free resources for parents and teachers including summer reading booklists, daily tips from parenting experts, and sweepstakes and giveaways.

For more information about Scholastic or the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, please visit the media room or contact Sara Sinek at (212) 343-6899 or, or Michael Barrett at (212) 343-6570 or

First Lady Mead speaks to high school students about underage drinking

posted Aug 31, 2015, 2:32 PM by   [ updated Aug 31, 2015, 2:32 PM ]

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First Lady Mead spoke about underage drinking at a school assembly at East High School hosted by Click Program students on May 15. The First Lady's message was was clear: high school kids have so much to lose by consuming alcohol.

First Lady Mead Visits the 2015 Cheyenne Health and Fitness Day

posted May 6, 2015, 1:27 PM by   [ updated May 26, 2015, 12:25 PM ]

First Lady Carol Mead spoke to 600 Cheyenne third graders at the 2015 Cheyenne Health and Fitness Day on May 5. The kids played tennis, did jumping jacks, practiced tai chi, learned about nutrition and more as part of the event, which promotes health and fitness.

First Lady Mead Visits Wyoming High School Art Symposium

posted May 6, 2015, 1:25 PM by   [ updated Jul 14, 2015, 3:26 PM by ]

First Lady Carol Mead poses with Clarissa Stephenson, an art student from Ten Sleep High School, at the 2015 Wyoming High School Art Symposium in Casper. Mrs. Mead selected two of Stephenson’s pieces as part of the 2015 – 2016 First Lady Young Artists Showcase.

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