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March 23, 2018


Nancy Alana


Fourth graders sat around the campfire at Nettie Baccus Elementary School on May 21, 2018, as retired Granbury educator Nancy Alana read from her children’s book.


Set in Hood County, Texas: Cowboys & Campfires is historical fiction about three boys who spend time during the summer on the Double A Ranch. The cowboys on the ranch include the boys in their work, at their meals in the bunkhouse, and around the evening campfires where they tell stories about Texas history. The boys learn about David and Elizabeth Crockett, Lizzie Johnson, Charles Goodnight, Oliver Loving, Jesse Chisholm, John Simpson Chisum, Stephen F. Austin, and Sam Houston. They also learn about the historic Granbury Square, the King Ranch, the Dust Bowl, and more.


Alana retired from Granbury ISD in 2008 after serving 34 years in education. While in this community, she taught fourth grade at Granbury Intermediate School, Acton Elementary School, and Oak Woods. Alana later led Nettie Baccus Elementary School as principal for nine years. In 2009, she was elected to the GISD school board and currently serves as president.


Photo by Cindy Luedeker