Parent groups bringing NYC to NCCS

CHAMPLAIN - Last year, the book "Nate the Great" was brought to life for area kids. Now, a new tale is on its way.

"Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing," a young adult novel by Judy Blume, has been around since the 1970s. With many people falling in love with the story about Peter Hatcher, a fourth-grader who has to deal with his school and home life, especially his younger brother, Fudge.

With the work of the Parent Teacher Partnership at Mooers Elementary School and the Parent Support Group at Rouses Point Elementary School, children and adults alike will be able to see the beloved story come to life.

On Friday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m., the group TheatreworksUSA will be at Northeastern Clinton Central School auditorium for a performance of "Tales of the Fourth Grade Nothing," which is exciting for Nicole Favreau.

Favreau, a fourth grade teacher at MES, has been reading the book to her class every year for the last three years.

"That's the first book I read to my class at the beginning of the year," she said. "So, when I saw this play was coming I was so excited. I couldn't wait to tell the kids."

Favreau said her students relate easily to the book, as they are trying to juggle their home and school life as well.

"It's fun. It's lighthearted. The little boy who is in it is in fourth grade and that's why I like reading it first, because these kids are just coming into fourth grade," she said.

She also finds it teaches tolerance to her students, as tolerance is something the main character has to learn of his younger brother.

TheatreworksUSA, a touring nonprofit theatre group, is the same group which performed Nate the Great last year.

"The kids really enjoyed Nate the Great last year, so obviously we wanted to go with that theatre troupe again," explained PTP president Brandi Lloyd. "I know our teachers, especially our fourth grade teachers, are very excited about it."

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