The Bristol Press – Bristol’s School Readiness Council to distribute children’s book



BRISTOL — A children’s book, “Helping Yourself Heal: A Book About Nurses,” will soon be distributed to local preschool and kindergarten students, play and learning groups and local libraries next week.

This was made possible through the efforts of the Bristol School Readiness Council’s ‘Little Read’ initiative.

Mary-Alice Petrucelli-Timek, grants manager at the Bristol School Readiness Council, said the book was written by Sarah C. Wohlrabe and illustrated by Eric Thomas and would teach children about the role of nurses.

“It teaches kids why nurses are important in a way they can understand,” Petrucelli-Timek said. “Readers will learn things like why nurses take your temperature and why they do blood pressure tests. Our goal is for all children in this age group to read this book.

Additionally, parents can watch a video of the book being read at

Petrucelli-Timek said the book was chosen in honor of Cathy Plourde, School Health Services Coordinator for the Bristol-Burlington Health District, who will retire this year after more than 10 years in the role.

“Dr. William Brownstein is sponsoring this ‘little read’ in his honor with his endowment to the Main Street Community Foundation and private funding,” Petrucelli-Timek said.

Petrucelli-Timek said Brownstein is a former co-chair of the Bristol School Readiness Council. Although he has since retired, he is still supportive of their efforts.

A retirement party is scheduled for Plourde on May 10 at 4:30 p.m. at the Main Street Pint & Plate at 182 Main St. Those wishing to attend are asked to contact the Bristol-Burlington Health District at 860-584-7682.

Petrucelli-Timek said she was “touched” that Plourde chose this fund, which she created in 2018 to benefit “Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center” and the “Bristol Childhood Development Center”.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or [email protected]

Published in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 1:46 PM. Updated: Wednesday, April 13, 2022 1:49 p.m.

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