On Tuesday, July 16, a dynamic mother-daughter team will come together to raise money for the New Opportunity School for Women at Lees-McRae College by hosting a book signing and jewelry sale.
From 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the Carson Library on the campus of Lees-McRae, Jane Baucom Stephenson will be available to sign her latest book Changing Lives in Appalachia: The New Opportunity School for Women and at 4 p.m. Stephenson will do a short reading from her book as well. Stephenson’s daughter, Jennifer Stephenson McLamb, will be joining her mother in support of this fundraiser. McLamb will be selling her jewelry with all proceeds benefitting the New Opportunity School for Women.
Stephenson is the founder of the non-profit New Opportunity School for Women, which she began in Berea, Kentucky, in 1987. As a graduate of Lees-McRae College and former chairman of the Board of Trustees, she was pleased to oversee the opening of the Banner Elk branch of the program nearly ten years ago. Changing Lives in Appalachia: The New Opportunity School for Women is Stephenson’s third book about the organization and the women it serves. This book describes the innovative program in detail, and includes stories from women who have attended the program.
McLamb designs and creates each piece of hand-crafted jewelry in her studio in Lexington, Kentucky. McLamb combines her love of the earth and her creative passion to craft contemporary, one-of-a-kind wearable art jewelry that has a low impact on our planet. In addition to her work as a full-time studio artisan, McLamb maintains a small energy healing practice. As an energy healer, McLamb understands the importance of incorporating high quality materials and positive energy into her artwork in a way that resonates with the wearer. Each piece of jewelry is infused with healing energy.
The mission of the New Opportunity School for Women is to help low-income Appalachian women improve their personal, financial, and educational circumstances. The program consists of a three-week residential summer program serving anywhere from 8-14 women each year. During their stay, and at no cost whatsoever to the women, they take classes from qualified volunteer instructors who teach attendees skills such as creating a resume, how to interview for jobs, and public speaking. The program also covers home accounting and budgeting, job search skills, domestic violence awareness, self-defense and self-esteem classes, computer lessons, and instruction on applying for higher education certificates and degrees.
The New Opportunity School for Women takes no public funds, and operates through grants and donations. Local foundation support includes the High Country Women’s Fund, the Appalachian Women’s Fund, and generous church groups and individuals.
More information about the book signing or the program can be found at nosw.lmc.edu or by contacting NOSW at Lees-McRae Director Karen Sabo at 828-898-8905.
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