Lifelong educator, Thomson native publishes her first children’s book
By Brian Bowden

Briarwood Academy third-grade teacher Sheryl Allen, shown above reading her book to nine-year-old Cooper Sikes (left) and eight-year-old Mary Charles, wrote her story overnight back in 2004. The book, whose proceeds go to the youth group at Union Baptist Church in Thomson, is available for purchase online. Photo by Brian Bowden.

When Joey Allen went to bed one night back in 2004, he didn't realize that he'd wake up the following morning with his wife having written a complete children's book while he was sleeping. But that was pretty much how it all began.
"It's really unique how the story came about," said Sheryl Allen. "If you believe in fate or a higher being, that's what it was."
Allen, a third-grade teacher at Briarwood Academy, published her very first book in January, thanks in part to a sermon that pastor George Freeman gave at First United Methodist Church, in Thomson, almost 10 years prior.
"It was such a moving message to me that I just couldn't let it go," said Allen. The sermon, which focused on how Christians react to good and bad things in their life, really stuck with Allen. So much so that she wanted to find a way to relay that same message to young children — the same young children she has been teaching and guiding for the 31 years she has spent in the education field.

To read more on this story, see the Thurs., Feb. 20, edition of The McDuffie Progress.





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