A local author donated copies of his book to eleme

first_imgA local author donated copies of his book to elementary schools across Tuscaloosa City Schools, saying he hopes its message will resonate with children who are having a hard time.Written by JacQuan Winters, “Kristen’s Rainy Day” is about Winters’ sister Kristen Amerson, who took her own life at the age of 11 after struggling with bullying and other issues.Winters said he started the Kristen Amerson Youth Foundation in her memory. The book, set the day after her death, reads as if she’d never taken her own life and follows Kristen through a rainy day as she deals with negative situations with a positive attitude. In all, 36 copies will be donated to libraries across the school system.Childhood suicide is an unfortunate reality, Winters said, and he’s hoping his foundation and book can bring more attention and awareness to the issue.“By putting a copy of ‘Kristen’s Rainy Day’ in the schools, we’re just really looking to empower children, ultimately to teach them how to remain positive through negative situations and just the importance of positivity in general,” Winters said. “And I really feel that if you learn that message at a young age you have a better chance of going through life and not really being subjected to suicide and other issues.”Kristen attended Eastwood Middle School before she died April 10, 2014, and Winters said it means a lot that he can give back to her school system.last_img

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