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Alumna author brings book to Wisconsin students

Alumna author brings book to Wisconsin students


Alumna author brings book to Wisconsin students

Juleya (Tucker) Woodson ’13 partnered with two other Lakeland grads for a mini-Wisconsin book tour this fall to share her children’s book, “I Hope They Understand.”

She spoke at Appleton West High School and Johnston Elementary as part of a Diversity Day Series created by 2008 graduate Kempton Freeman, cultural advisor for the Appleton (Wis.) Area School District.

Woodson talked to the high school students on the topics of racial identity and acceptance, and she read her book to the elementary students.

She also visited Howards Grove, Wis., and spoke with elementary and middle school students, a visit planned by Shawn (Brower) Holzman ’94, a fifth grade teacher in Howards Grove.

Motivated in part by her work as Family Support Specialist with the Childcare Network of Evanston and the lack of diversity in children’s literature, Woodson published “I Hope They Understand” earlier this year. The book is designed to create meaningful and exciting conversations with children about racial and cultural differences by celebrating those dissimilarities.

Learn more about “I Hope They Understand” at the book’s website