Jean Millard Fights Childhood Obesity

Greater Cleveland Chamber of Commerce’s 2011 Woman of the Year, Jean Millard, Fights Childhood Obesity

See Jean Millard’s Indiegogo Campaign to Fight Childhood Obesity

Willow Spring, NC — October, 12, 2012 — Jean Millard, president of StoryTime Club, Inc.,, announced today she’s fighting childhood obesity by writing her first children’s chapter book, The Amazing Mis Adventures of Mike Mega with Dr. U.B. Strong or My Taste Buds Almost Killed Me and Other Confessions (TAMAoMM).  Written under her pen name, Gray-Haired Granny, Millard said the book is for readers ages 8-12.

Mike Mega
Mike Mega is the Main Character in Granny’s Chapter Book to Help Fight Childhood Obesity

“A report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Trust For America’s Health titled, ‘F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2012,’  presents us with some shocking numbers.  It states adult obesity rates could exceed 60% in 13 states by 2030,”  Millard said.  “That’s why I’m so passionate.  If we’re going to reverse this trend for our youth, we must teach children AND their parents simple, easy to incorporate strategies for a healthier lifestyle.  These dire predictions about obesity don’t have to be their reality.”

“So I’m calling my book the world’s first children’s chapter book for parents, too!” continues Millard.  “If parents want to have a positive impact on their children’s health, they absolutely MUST change their mindset when it comes to shopping and preparing food for their families.  When parents read my book—with my fast paced, engaging writing style—they not only love it, they GET IT!”

Millard said, “I’ve worked tirelessly for kids:  written and published 2 books, read at events, businesses, and schools throughout NC, conducted workshops, and helped develop content for my Help Stop Bullying Now! Tool Kit™.    Since I’ve self-funded most of my projects, I’m fast running out of operating capital.  I need your assistance to continue helping families and to complete TAMAoMM.  Since childhood obesity is irrespective of national borders, I believe my book will have global impact.  There’s such a critical need for this book, I just can’t quit now.”

This is why Millard has turned to Indiegogo to help raise money to finish her project.  “ is an international crowd funding website enabling writers, like me, to make a public appeal for funding,” Millard said.  “Their website provides the platform to do this, but I need your help to ensure my project’s successful completion.”

Millard urges supporters to make this happen—monetarily and/or by spreading the word through social media, email, etc.  The project’s URL is:

About StoryTime Club ™

Founded in 2008, StoryTime Club, Inc., publishes books and tools dealing with important social issues such as bullying and childhood obesity.  All products are specifically crafted to reinforce positive values for a ‘happier ever after’.™  Our mission is to support parents and educators who work hard to instill good, solid principles and values in their children/students.  We do this by offering wholesome tools that’ll have a positive impact on children.  For more information about StoryTime Club,™ please visit  call 919-275-4678 or email

Gray-Haired Granny Visits Budding Authors at FVES

Gray-Haired Granny and Linda Cole cooked up a BIG surprise for her fourth grade class.  Granny would visit Fuquay-Varina Elementary School to share with 24 excited students what gets her so fired up – WRITING!

So, on May 23rd and 24th, Granny made a guest appearance at the school in Fuquay-Varina, NC.  And, let me tell ya’, she pulled out all the stops!  She read to them StoryTime Club’s newest release, Mr. Tootenspieler and His Fabulous, Ginormous One Man Band, and parts of the chapter book she’s currently working on, The Amazing Misadventures of Mike Mega with Dr. U.B. Strong or My Taste Buds Almost Killed Me and Other Confessions.

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Jean Millard Honored: 2011 Woman of the Year

Jean Millard 2011 Woman of the Year
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Recognized by the Greater Cleveland Chamber of Commerce and Cleveland School Rotary

Willow Spring, NC — January, 19, 2012 — Jean Millard, Founder and President of StoryTime Club, Inc., announced today she was recently recognized as the 2011 Woman of the Year.  She received this honor from the Greater Cleveland Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with Cleveland School Rotary on January 9, 2012, at the GCCC’s annual banquet.

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Gray-Haired Granny Makes Guest Appearance on the My Carolina Today Show

I’ll never forget 11/11/11. That’s the blustery Friday morning I drove over to the NBC 17 Studios. The cold, piercing wind seemed to blow right through me. Were they ever going to let me, Gray-Haired Granny, in the building? Well, thankfully, I finally realized that little buzz I kept hearing was actually the receptionist telling me to ‘open the door!’

Whew!!!  Was I ever glad to get out of that wind! After a brief wait, a nice young lady ushered me back to the studio. And right there, sitting pretty as a picture, were the co-hosts of My Carolina Today Show, Valonda Calloway and Sharon Delaney. Continue reading “Gray-Haired Granny Makes Guest Appearance on the My Carolina Today Show” »

A Proactive Approach to Help Stop Bullying Now!

Well, the weather’s changed mighty quickly in Granny’s neck of the woods.  One minute you’re basking in the warmth of the sun, then, the next thing you know, it feels raw as winter.  Sure hope we can find Fall!

Yet, even though seasons change, one thing’s for sure—your love for our kids never will.  And that’s exactly what it’ll take to help our children grow to be responsible, caring individuals—lot’s of love and interest from, not just you, but many.

I’ve long heard this said, “It takes a community to raise a child.”  What a true statement!  We all need to take an interest in our kids to counter what’s become a horrible epidemic—bullying!

We’re literally allowing bullies to snatch our children’s prospects for happiness and a good life right from under our eyes.  Just imagine the bright potential of these children that’ll never be realized when this happens. Continue reading “A Proactive Approach to Help Stop Bullying Now!” »

Calling All Caring Folks Who Want to Make a Difference in Their Community

For Immediate Release

Willow Spring, NC — October 27, 2011 — Gray-Haired Granny announced today that her novel approach to Help Stop Bullying Now!™ puts caring folks clearly in the driver’s seat.

“People everywhere are sick about bullying—the toll it takes on our children and their families affects entire communities,” says Granny. “They want to do something about this horrible problem, but most folks just don’t know how.”

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Inaugural Edition of Expect Success! eNewsletter

Hey there,

I’m Gray-Haired Granny and welcome to StoryTime Club!  Naw, just kiddin’…but that really IS the way I kick off my public readings.

I’m just so excited to have you here!  Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Expect Success! eNewsletter.

If you’re wondering why I came up with the name—Expect Success!—well that was pretty easy, and I’ll tell you about it in a moment.

But before I do, I want to chat with you a bit about how many people approach life.  There are many among us who figure, with a little luck, they’ll find or experience success at whatever they put their hand to.

Yet, is a person’s success in life based on luck or is it something else?

Yes, you know the definition of luck but let’s cite Webster’s anyway.  The dictionary says:  luck is the “seemingly chance happening of events which affect one.”

And in my humble opinion, no matter what you put your hand to—whether you’re successful at it or not—has absolutely nothing to do with that definition of luck.

Bruce Springsteen, the famous American rocker, once said, “When it comes to luck, you make your own.”  Then there’s the first century Roman philosopher, Lucius Seneca, who penned the words, “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.”

Did you notice that both men—from two very different times—recognized the need for one common element?  They both understood action is required of a person to make things happen.

Henry Hartman once said success always comes when preparation meets opportunity.

I like that definition.  When we prepare our children with the right tools—teach them good, solid core values and then reinforce these—we empower them to be emotionally strong, loving, and caring children.  Continue reading “Inaugural Edition of Expect Success! eNewsletter” »

Gray-Haired Granny Relaunches StoryTime Club Website


Site focuses on grades K-3 to Help Stop Bullying Now!™

Willow Spring, NC — October, 11, 2011 — Gray-Haired Granny announced today she’s relaunched her website,

“I can’t think of a more appropriate time to relaunch the site as October is National Anti-Bullying Month,” says founder and president of StoryTime Club, Inc., Jean Millard.  “The site is now laser-focused to empower the private sector to help our young ones to stop bullying.”
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Dr. P.K. Vyas Does It Again!

Dr. P.K. Vyas and Paulette Kennison of Eastern Carolina Medical Center in Benson have done it again!  They continue to give back to the communities where they live and serve.

This time, they’re doing their part to “Help Stop Bullying Now!” for all the 2nd graders at North Harnett Primary School in Angier.

Recently, Dr. Vyas welcomed Gray-Haired Granny as his new patient.  Upon hearing she’d soon be rolling out her nationwide grassroots campaign to “Help Stop Bullying Now!,” Dr. Vyas was intrigued.  “This is just the kind of thing we like to participate in,” he said.  “Be sure to see our office manager before you leave today.” Continue reading “Dr. P.K. Vyas Does It Again!” »