First Lady Elee Reeves Launches New Book “Mississippi’s Fred the Turtle”



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DeKALB, Miss. (WTOK) – First Lady Elee Reeves visited fourth graders at Kemper County Upper Elementary School to launch her new activity book, “Mississippi’s Fred the Turtle.”

Kemper County Upper Elementary is one of five schools slated to receive the first distribution of Reeves’ book, funded by a grant from The Casey Foundation. The character Fred asks a series of questions designed to encourage students to engage in engaging and thought-provoking conversations critical to child development and problem solving.

Each book comes with a pack of colored pencils to help Fred complete his journey.

The First Lady and her team are currently working to identify additional funding sources so that Fred the Turtle can be distributed to even more students across the state

“My team and I were looking for something we can do to help kids across the state. We developed this coloring book that is about friendships, being brave and learning to be confident. It’s all about a sea turtle named Fred who travels across the state and gets to highlight the great things in our state. It’s been a labor of love. We love children and nothing makes me happier than seeing a child smile. We certainly saw that today,” said Reeves.

Fred was inspired by the First Lady’s imaginary childhood friend and Fisherman Jimmy was inspired by her father.

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