Lily the Search and Rescue Dog

Lily, a search and rescue dog from Joplin, will visit one area school on Friday, March 7 before attending Family Reading Night that evening. Photo courtesy of The Joplin Globe/B.W.Shepherd


A creative dog portrait will win one young artist and his or her school a visit from Lily, the search and rescue dog who stars in “Lily’s Story,” the newspaper serial by Carolyn Mueller, now appearing weekly in The Missourian.

Lily also is the main character of Mueller’s new book, “Lily: A True Story of Courage and the Joplin Tornado,” a March Book Buzz Pick. Mueller will be the featured author at this year’s Family Reading Night, Friday, March 7 in Washington.

Lily and her owner, Tara Prosser, of Joplin, also will be special guests at Family Reading Night and earlier that day the duo will make a special visit to one local school.

This year’s Family Reading Night theme is “Sniffing Out Good Stories” and The Missourian is on the hunt for the most creative young artists. Students in grades K-8 are invited to submit posters to the annual Family Reading Night Poster Contest depicting a portrait of a dog – serious or silly.

The dog featured could be your dog, someone else’s dog or a dog you wish you could have – even a dog from your imagination. Be creative!

Entries should be submitted on poster board or heavy paper. Any original media may be used to create a flat or two-dimensional effect (paint, crayon, colored pencil, charcoal, etc.)

All posters received will be displayed during Family Reading Night, Friday, March 7 at Washington Middle School. Prize will be awarded from all entries received by The Missourian’s Washington office on or before Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 5 p.m.

For more information and official rules, see the link with this story. Family Reading Night is a free community-wide reading celebration sponsored by The Missourian, the Washington School District and the Washington Optimist Club.

Additional support is provided by the Washington High School Football Team, Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of New Haven, Washington Public Library and Washington NEA.