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Bestselling Author Reads Children’s Book

Submitted by on October 21, 2014 – 1:57 pm
Nicholas and Tessa Parker with 'Tuesday'

Nicholas and Tessa Parker with ‘Tuesday’

Jumpstart NECC hosted the “New York Times” bestselling author, former U.S. Army Captain Luis Carlos Montalván and his service dog named Tuesday on Monday, October 6th at Imajine That in Lawrence.

Captain Montalván is a 17 year U.S. Army veteran. He and Tuesday read their new children’s book, “Tuesday Tucks Me In” to local families and students. Guests were able to witness the loyal bond and love that Luis and Tuesday share. Tuesday enjoyed a mini grooming session by Montalván, complete with his favorite chicken flavored toothpaste. Tuesday then demonstrated his retrieval skills by helping Montalván with his cane and various other items.

Jumpstart is a national early education organization that recruits and trains college students and community corps members to serve preschool children in low-income neighborhoods. Jumpstart’s proven curriculum helps children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be ready for kindergarten, setting them on a path to close the achievement gap before it is too late.

This semester 11 NECC students are participating in Jumpstart, working at Community Day Early Learning Center in Lawrence.

Jumpstart NECC has copies of “Tuesday Tucks Me In” available. All proceeds benefit Jumpstart. If you are interested in purchasing a book to support Jumpstart please contact Site Manager, Melissa Chandonnet at 978-656-3404 or

To learn more about Montalván and Tuesday visit