Communication student authors children's books, encourages next generation to "Believe in Yourself"

KENNESAW, Ga. (March 27, 2014) - On a recent spring day, Kennesaw State University freshman Brooke…

Georgia (Mar 27, 2014)KENNESAW, Ga. (March 27, 2014) - On a recent spring day, Kennesaw State University freshman Brooke Barard went from mild-mannered college student to author and entrepreneur with nary a telephone booth in sight.

It’s a transition she’s used to since self-publishing three children’s books, writing, singing and producing the song “School Days” and speaking to nearly 1,000 elementary students across Georgia and beyond.

“My first book, ‘Believe in Yourself,’ is pretty much my story,” Barard said. “I was a shy kid who would go home after school and write and dance.”

Targeted toward children in pre-K through the third grade, Barard penned “Believe in Yourself” as her senior project at Etowah High School. From the song, “School Days,” which she produced as a freshman in high school, and her books, Barard has created a media company, The One In Me.

“The One In Me strives to provide an uplifting, educational and literary experience for our youth,” she said. “Through story and song, we want to inspire, motivate and encourage readers to fulfill their dreams.”

Speaking to a group of children at Clark Creek Elementary School in Cherokee County, Barard encouraged the would-be police officers, firemen, teachers and at least one budding author to enlist their parents’ help to investigate what it will take to achieve their career goals.

“Each one of you has something special inside you,” she said. “The One In Me is about you sharing that gift that’s inside you with the world.”

A member of the RRPG Goizueta Grant program at Kennesaw State, Barard is working to create a curriculum around her books, as well as negotiating deals for “Believe in Yourself” to be given as a graduation gift to Head Start students in her hometown of New Orleans and pitching the use of her song, “Believe In My City,” to the New Orleans Saints NFL team.

“I know my dedication is to kids,” she said. “My ultimate goal is to open a nonprofit to be able to give free books to underprivileged kids.”

The RRPG Goizueta Grant program seeks to improve the recruitment, retention and progression to graduation (RRPG) of Hispanic and Latino students.

--Jennifer Hafer

http://theoneinme.com

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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 38,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.

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