Literacy is a tool that engages, empowers, and enriches one’s life.  W. E. Parker Elementary School hosted local author, Regina Ridgell on Thursday, September 7th in response to the importance of this critical thinking goal.

Ridgell lives in Prosperity, South Carolina with her husband Donnie of fourty years.  She has two children, Lacy and Justin, and is the grandmother of two.  After many years working in accounting, Ridgell retired after becoming a grandmother..  The children inspired her to write and self-publish two books, Baby Loggerhead’s Long Journey and Lucy Lizard’s New Coat.  Writing these books has been a rewarding way to express her creativity.  Creativity is a world class skill that WEP encourages in all students.

WEP’s theme this year is “If you can dream it, you can do it.”  Mrs. Ridgell affirmed this theme by saying that writing books accomplished a dream of hers.  She encouraged the students by stating, “You never know what you can do until you try.  Publishing a book is something that I always wanted to do but didn’t think I could.”

The illustrator of Baby Loggerhead’s Long Journey is Donna Black.  This is a familiar name to many because she taught art at Johnston Elementary School.  The illustrator of Lucy Lizard’s New Coat is a fourteen year old boy named Travis Cunningham.  He was born with no arms; therefore, he draws with his feet.

The author spoke with all grade levels throughout the day.  At the end of the day, she had a book signing. If interested in purchasing a book, email Ridgell at

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Front: Mila Rodgers, Aubree Bibbs.  Back: Sawyer Brown, Nathan Carpenter, Kaylee Swearingen, Regina Ridgell, Steven Walker, and Jeremiah Preston