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CCO learns about book publishing, school plans field trips

COUPLAND NEWS
CCO learns about book publishing, school plans field trips
Cheryl Aker, center, signs books for Coupland Civic Organization Treasurer Becky Sutton and Board Member Judy Downing. Photos by Susan Garry

Coupland Civic Organization 

COUPLAND — At the Feb. 26 meeting, the Coupland Civic Organization heard a talk from Cheryl Aker about writing a children’s book and getting it published. The book is about her family’s dog Cisco and is titled, “Cisco’s Best Day.” The book is a heartwarming and fun story about an ordinary dog on an ordinary day who becomes an extraordinary hero.”

According to the synopsis, Cisco is the lovable star of this tail…errr, tale. And, things only get better when Cisco gets the chance to be a true hero and make a lifelong friend.

Aker is active in a homesteading group, people who live in rural areas and work on being self-sufficient. They are involved in gardening, canning, fiber arts and bee keeping. One of the homesteaders is Janet Garman, who knew that people had ideas for books but had no publishing outlet. Garman founded a micro publishing house, Sawdust Publishing. She asked Aker to let her publish “Cisco’s Best Day.”

Garman helped Aker find an illustrator.

“A children’s book has got to have pictures,” Garman said.

Aker hired Lynn Baker to illustrate the book. She had the pictures in her head and wanted complete creative control. She sent Baker the manuscript and notes for each illustration.

Aker says about Cisco, “He will live on forever and be passed on to future generations.”

She brought books to the meeting and signed them for attendees. Her supply of books almost sold out. she had only one left.

“My publisher will be happy that I sold so many books,” Aker said.

On Monday, March 25, in the St. Peter’s Church fellowship hall, Coupland Civic Organization heard from Anna Marie Blane, who presented a program on native plants. A sloppy Joe supper with homemade cookies was held prior to the presentation.

Author Cheryl Aker speaks to the Coupland Civic Organization about writing and publishing her book.

Coupland School

On March 21 there was a Habitat Hunt at Austin Nature and Science Center. The Student Council hosted a dance March 22 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

On April 16, there will be a first grade field trip to Waco’s Cameron Park Zoo.

On April 25, kindergarten will go on a field trip to The Thinkery Children’s Museum in Austin.

Regarding the school’s Strategic Planning, on March 1, the Action Planners presented their action steps to the Steering Committee.

On March 7, the Leadership Team learned how to measure and define progress using the electronic dashboard for the Strategic Plan.

On March 21, plans were presented to the School Board for consideration and adoption.

New Sweden Church

At New Sweden Lutheran Church, each Wednesday evening during Lent there is a meal at 6 p.m. with a worship service at 7 p.m. in the parish hall.

There was a worship service at 10:30 a.m. on Palm Sunday, March 24. Maundy Thursday service was at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 28. On Good Friday, an evening meal was held at 6 p.m. followed by a Lenten service.

On Easter Sunday, March 31, there will be a sunrise service at the New Sweden Cemetery at 7 a.m. An Easter breakfast will be served at 8 a.m., and there will be an Easter Egg hunt at 9:30 a.m. at the parish hall. The Easter festival service will be held at 10:30 a.m.

To hear sermons by Pastor Hans Lillejord, please go to the website, newswedenelca.org On March 19, there was a Church Council meeting. Game night was on March 21 in the parish hall.


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