University of West Georgia raises money for scholarships with new children’s book

University of West Georgia first lady Tressa Kelly reads a portion of a new children's book explaining the origins of its mascot, Wolfie. Proceeds from the book will go to student scholarships. (Eric Stirgus/eric.stirgus@ajc.com.)
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University of West Georgia first lady Tressa Kelly reads a portion of a new children's book explaining the origins of its mascot, Wolfie. Proceeds from the book will go to student scholarships. (Eric Stirgus/eric.stirgus@ajc.com.)

Every superhero has an origin story. So what about college mascots?

When University of West Georgia first lady Tressa Kelly toured the campus shortly after arriving at the school last year with her husband, Brendan, they decided it was time to tell the origin story of its mascot “Wolfie.”

Kelly and some university employees last year began writing a children’s book about Wolfie, with plans to give all proceeds from book sales to the university’s student scholarship fund.

On Monday, Kelly gave her first reading of the 20-page book, “Wolfie Finds His Howl,” to more than 30 pre-school students from the university’s Early Learning Center.

Wolfie howled with delight several times near the end of the book reading. The students, 4-year-olds, took pictures with Wolfie after the reading. Each got a copy of the book and a cookie.

Kelly and UWG officials plan to do more readings at local elementary schools. The book will be sold in the campus bookstore and online at www.westga.edu/wolfiebook.

“This is a project we felt good about through and through,” Kelly said.

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