Sue Barker first learned that her son Cole had written The Boar Named Bob when one of his teachers presented it to her after his untimely death. More than two decades ago, his fourth-grade teacher, Ms. Lawrence, gave her class an assignment to write a book. Young Cole begrudgingly completed the task and even tried to throw the book away after it was displayed at a parents’ night event. Ms. Lawrence, impressed and proud of his story, was undeterred and kept the book as an example for future students. The teacher even displayed it on a screen so that other children, especially boys who weren’t keen on writing a book, could see the art and the layout as Cole had imagined it. The book has now been published and can be purchased at All proceeds will be donated to the Cole Barker Memorial Scholarship Fund to grant scholarships to graduating seniors at Mount Vernon High School each year.