LITTLE FALLS/MONTCLAIR, NJ - As part of the Read Across America Program, Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center was delighted to host Dottie Pepper, author, renowned winner of 17 LPGA Tour events and golf analyst.
Pepper is a multi-talented individual who cares deeply about the issue of bullying. Pepper herself was bullied as a child and saw this opportunity to help parents and children deal with the issue of bullying. She is a television broadcaster working with CBS and ESPN as well as author of the Bogey Tees Off children's book series.
Pepper spoke to the third-graders on two of her books, Bogey Tees Off, volumes 1 & 2. Pepper said, "The first one is on truthfulness. The children will be taking a copy of this home. The second book is on bullying which is a hot topic at this age."
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TAPInto asked Pepper how she decided to write children's books given her background in golf. She said, "The project and characters came to me as an opportunity to do something different than golf outings." She said bullying is an issue that should be dealt with early on to head off any potential issues at a young age. As for the Read Across America endeavor, Pepper stated her firm belief that, "if you can read you can do anything in life. If you read properly the world is in your control."
According to teacher Ariadne Catoe of Community Charter of Paterson, there were 105 third graders in today's audience. The children were read to and given an opportunity to ask questions. Later the children did a related craft to celebrate the occasion.
When asked about her research on this subject Pepper told us that she worked with teachers on the section in the back of the book called things to be aware of. More information about Bogey, a range ball that is tired of his job and wants to become a pro tour golf ball can be found at bogeyteesoff.com.