WCTE and C.O.A.R.M. Collect Books for Children

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Hippie Jack, Avery Hutchins, Mrs. Hippie, Cindy Putman, Hannah Rawisze

On July 15, WCTE Upper Cumberland PBS hosted a pool party at Gilley Pool in McMinnville where kids could get in free with the donation of a gently-used book. WCTE has partnered with the Council of Americana Roots Music (C.O.A.R.M.) who will distribute these books to children and families in need on the Plateau.

Cindy Putman, "Ready To Learn" Project Manager says, “WCTE was delighted that our viewers from across Middle Tennessee came to theGilley Pool for the pool party with Curious George.  Three hundred and seventy-five bookdonations were generously given by students from Cookeville, Sparta,Murfreesboro, McMinnville, Algood, Baxter, Crossville and Viola. Thesebooks will be distributed to families who desperately need themby the Council of Americana Roots Music. WCTE wants all children to be ‘Ready ToLearn!’ ”

Hippie Jack, founder of C.O.A.R.M, will also be hosting a non-ticket event to raise awareness and collect children's coats for ages 5 to 14, books, toys and food. The event is scheduled for September 24. Confirmed musicians include Leonard Anderson, Tommy John and Malcolm Holcombe.  Friday and Saturday camping with fire pits and firewood will be provided. For more information, visit www.jamminathippiejacks.com.

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