“Today is a very special day,” Assistant Professor of Education Donna Cherveny told the students in Eve Reeve’s fourth grade class at Gainesville’s Fair Street School on April 26. “Today you are all published authors and illustrators.”
Early childhood, middle grades and special education majors in Cherveny’s ED 345, ED 413 and ED 418 classes have worked with Reeve’s students since February to compile the 2016 edition of Tiger Tales, a collection of short stories and drawings featuring Brenau’s beloved mascot Lucile.
The students celebrated the release of the fifth Tiger Tales by donning golden capes (complete with faux tiger tails) and reading their superhero-themed stories aloud. Each student went home with their own hardbound copy, along with a goody bag filled with oranges, pom-poms and sunglasses.
Reeves thanked Brenau’s teaching students for taking the time to help her students brainstorm, draft and edit their stories. “We learned a lot from you and we really appreciate it,” she said.
Fair Street School President William Campbell also had kind words for Brenau.
“It’s so important for students to get teaching experiences in an authentic classroom setting,” he said, “and it’s great to have Brenau’s big tigers working with our school’s little tigers.”