Carolyn Peluso Atkins, professor at the College of Education and Human Services at West Virginia University, will be signing her new children’s book, Living Life the West Virginia Way, from 2-4 p.m. Saturday (June 29) at the Barnes & Noble in University Town Center.

Atkins, also known for creating Student Athletes Speak Out, wrote the book to encourage character education for elementary-aged children and to instill in them a sense of pride for West Virginia. Living Life the West Virginia Way gives children a look at West Virginia and the treasured traditions within the state. It also emphasizes the importance of attending college, as well as 10 good character traits that every West Virginian values.

“Since 1990, the athletes in my class have become character education advocates through their speeches to area middle and high school audiences,” Atkins said. “They also have read various books aloud to preschool and elementary school students. Reading this book will allow them to continue as character advocates for a younger group.”

Living Life the West Virginia Way is available at Barnes & Noble, and through Mascot Books, the publisher.



CONTACT: Christie Zachary, College of Education and Human Services

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