Southern Pine employee writes children’s book

Published 8:45 am Thursday, August 10, 2023

Two frequently discussed issues for the electric co-op community today that will directly impact our future are attracting younger people to the industry and showing them the value of what was built.

Jan Collins, VP of Communications and Government Affairs at Southern Pine Electric Cooperative and published children’s author, tackled those issues with her third book by introducing young children to the world of electric utilities.

“Exploring the World from a Power Pole” is a children’s book that offers young readers their first glimpse into the co-op world by following Rhee, a local lineman, as he describes his role in his community.

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Children’s books help kids form complex associations between ideas and slowly introduce the world around them.

While it may take a while for the seeds strewn by “Exploring the World from a Power Pole”– to bear fruit in the form of eager new co-op participants, by captivating children today, this adorable book could become pivotal for a new generation of co-op leaders. Collins hopes that becomes the case,

“I hope it is well-received, and I hope that kids get interested in the co-op world and with linemen,” said Collins.

“If they learn a little bit about them, then I am confident they will learn to respect what that position means.”

Southern Pine encourages everyone to purchase a copy or two of this children’s book.

Gaining the interest of future generations requires work, careful cultivation, and effort.

In this regard, Collins and Southern Pine have exemplified a vital aspect of the co-op world, a solid willingness to roll up their sleeves and be the change you want to see.

For more information, and to purchase books, please visit

Southern Pine Electric is a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative that distributes electricity to more than 69,500 members in 11 counties in central and south Mississippi. Headquartered in Taylorsville, Southern Pine has offices in Brandon, Newton, Hattiesburg, and New Hebron.