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D.c. Book Launch Celebrates Literacy And Teacher's Legacy
The publication of her children's book fulfills the long-time wish of a Washington, DC educator who died at the age of 102, rode atop a firetruck cherry picker to celebrate her 100th birthday, and made it a point to try something new every year.
The book launch celebrated the work and life of Evelyn Bull, who died in 2011 at the age of 102. Bull was a career teacher and administrator in the Washington, DC public schools who championed literacy. It was one of Bull’s long-held wishes that her children’s book, Mew Mew, be published to support literacy in the District of Columbia. The Altrusa International Club of Washington, D.C., a women’s service organization in which Miss Bull was active throughout her life, arranged for the illustration and publication of the book to honor Miss Bull and promote children’s literacy in the nation’s capital. Altrusa will feature the book in future children’s literacy programming.
Throughout her 102 years, Evelyn Bull was a vibrant figure. She was an outstanding teacher, who rose to the position of Director of Instruction in the Washington, D.C. school system, in which capacity she was responsible for improving teachers’ performance and correcting problems in instruction. In retirement, she was an astute investor and an inventive poet. Her community service embraced not only her career in education, but also her decades-long work as a member of the Altrusa Club of Washington, D.C.
Among Miss Bull’s most ardent wishes was to ride atop a fire truck cherry picker, a rescue device that ascends as far as nine stories high. With the help of Montgomery County, Maryland firefighters, she did so to celebrate her 100th birthday, ascending to the cherry picker’s full height. Miss Bull, who made it her goal to try something new every year, greeted the adventure with an enthusiastic “Let’s go!”
Miss Bull felt equally strongly about literacy. The October 25 book launch fulfills another of her dreams.
Altrusa International, Inc. of Washington, D.C., is a women’s service organization active throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
LaVerne Earley, President
Altrusa International, Inc. of Washington, D.C.