Iowan's kid's books promote trades, raise money for vo-tech education

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa- A Marshalltown man's new children's book, has a dual purpose. The book is designed to inspire careers in the trades, and raise money for vocational education at the same time.

Marshalltown Businessman Joe Carter is releasing his second in a series of books this week. The books are centered on the character Marshall T. Trowel and his family.

Carter's first book (Work Hard. Work Together. Marshall T. Trowel and Family) helped raise $1,000 which was split between the Marshalltown High School’s vocation-technical program and the tornado recovery effort in Marshalltown.

Proceeds from the second book will be donated solely to the MHS vo-tech program.

Carter says the books aim to show children the value of practice, patience, and dreaming big.

“We had a great response to our first book. People were sharing pictures and stories of their kids engaging with the characters and showing interest in the trades. Mixing that response with helping the community, I feel it was a huge success. With this book, we wanted to see if we could do even more.”

Carter will be doing a pre-release book signing on November 18th at Stepping Stones Bookstore in Marshalltown, IA. On November 19th, the book will be available on, Amazon, and local Marshalltown businesses.

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