Retired School Teacher Continues Teaching Through New Coloring Books


Cookeville, TN –Hazel Simcox may seem like a quiet retired school teacher but what this lady has accomplished will continue to give to so many. In addition to eight published coloring books, she recently provided the Pet Therapy program at Cookeville Regional Medical Center with a new coloring book to hand out to children at  Upper Cumberland schools  when the dogs are asked to visit during this 2014-2015 school year. This book was designed around the dogs that actually participate in the Pet Therapy program and is based on lessons they teach children about dogs during their classroom visits.

“All of us at Cookeville Regional proudly share the joyful fun of being a part of Hazel Simcox’s gracious creations,” said MaryDell Sommers, Volunteer Chair of the Pet Therapy program. “Mrs. Simcox is sharing her talent and creating something for children in the Upper Cumberland to have that is one-of-a-kind. We are grateful for her.”

Through partnership with the Cookeville Regional Charitable Foundation, coloring books created by Mrs. Simcox will be available for free to children in the Pediatric Unit.  “We are happy to make a child’s stay at Cookeville Regional a little more friendly and calming by offering each child a coloring book,” said John Bell, Foundation Director.  

The Gift Shop at Cookeville at Cookeville Regional will be offering Mrs. Simcox’s books for sale to the general public. This is the first retail store to carry her books in the Upper Cumberland area.