As president and CEO of the industry group Women In Trucking (WIT), Ellen Voie wears many hats. Last month, she added another chapeau: publisher. In mid-September, her group announced the publication of "Scouting for Cookies," a supply chain activity book designed to introduce children to the world of trucking.
The book aligns with WIT's mission of encouraging the employment of women in the trucking industry and builds on its partnership with the Girl Scouts to raise awareness among youngsters about career opportunities in trucking. But the book has an even closer connection to Voie, since the initial content for the book was created by her niece—Kaylissa Voie—who collaborated on the project with illustrator Erica Hansen and Marvel Comic Book artist Robby Bevard.
The 20-page book traces the experience of a young girl named Adelynn, who learns how often a truck is used to move goods throughout the supply chain. Activities in the book include coloring, drawing, word searches, math, and geography.
"This activity book was created to give children a way to learn more about how the cookies they eat with their milk started out as grain in a field, became a mixture at a bakery, then moved into the boxes, and were finally delivered by a scout," Ellen Voie said in a statement. "We want them to have a personal connection with that truck on the road and how it relates to their own snack. It's fun and educational and something everyone in supply chain can use to teach children about careers in the transportation industry."
The activity book can be purchased through the WIT website.