MMCC’s mascot, Harry the Heron, has made it big. He’s the main character in an original children’s book that tells the story of Harry’s struggles to appreciate his differences and realize his potential.
Written, illustrated, and published by Mid employees, “Harry the Heron Spreads His Wings” already has been widely shared with local school children. To celebrate March is Reading Month, college employees read it in classrooms across the mid-Michigan area. Harry the Heron was present during the readings to pantomime the book’s events and to offer up hugs and high fives to students.
Similar to the lesson learned by Harry in his adventures, the book states as its goal, “May all children recognize their potential, uniquely, to make a difference and to rise above whatever difficulties they may face.”
More than 20 area elementary schools, involving nearly 70 second-grade classes, participated in the book readings. Each participating school will receive a free copy of the book for its library.
“We’re always looking for ways to connect with our local schools and engage them as community partners,” notes Matt Miller, Vice President of Student and Community Relations. “This effort was not only meaningful, but it was a lot of fun for both MMCC and the classrooms we visited.”
The book’s creators are Jessie Gordon, Director of Marketing and Admissions, and Karry Kiste-Toner, Admissions Recruiter. The book’s illustrator is MMCC’s graphic designer, Peter DeRoche.
Copies of the colorful hardcover book are available for $13.50 in the MMCC bookstores. The online version of the book can be read at www.midmich.edu/heronstory.