Early childhood, middle grades and special education majors from Brenau visited Gainesville’s Fair Street School Feb. 8 to help students get started on the 2016 edition of Tiger Tales.
Students in Donna Cherveny’s ED 345, ED 413 and ED 418 classes showed Eve Reeves’ fourth graders the basics of storytelling. As a bonus, all 23 of Reeves’ students also got their pictures taken with Brenau’s mascot Lucile the Golden Tiger.
For the last four years, Brenau’s College of Education has partnered with local elementary schools to create a book of short stories starring Lucile. The funding for the project is provided to Tommye Thomas through a grant from Target.
Chreveny said the partnership gives youngsters a chance to tap into their creativity and develop their writing skills. The experience is just as beneficial for Brenau’s students, she added, as the program offers insights into effective literacy instructional practices and connecting with young children. The latest edition of Tiger Tales, featuring the stories and illustrations of the Fair Street fourth graders, is slated for a late April release.