Cherokee Central Elementary School


Why the Possum’s Tail is Bare

Dropping off teacher’s and children’s copies of a great Cherokee tale. Bilingual books in Cherokee and English.

The children’s books for Cherokee Central Elementary School are for children attending NC Pre-K, kindergarten, first, second, and third grade classrooms. Teacher copies are provided to all teachers teaching in those classrooms.

Through a generous grant made available by the Cherokee Preservation Foundation and a lot of help and dedication from Western Carolina University’s Cherokee Studies program, the Region A Partnership delivered 545 children’s copies and 40 teacher’s copies of the book, Why the Possum’s Tail is Bare! Written by Kay Thorpe Bannon and illustrated by Laura Powell, the bilingual books are distributed to child care facilities and NC Pre-K classrooms on the Qualla Boundary.

The Region A Partnership for Children supports all prenatal to age 5 children through evidence-based and evidence-informed programming available to families and child care facilities through Smart Start funds and in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, and Swain Counties as well as the Qualla Boundary. Other programs and services are made available through partnerships with grantors like the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, the Cherokee Preservation Foundation, and local funds supported by individuals like you!

Thank you to everyone for all your help and your dedication to children and families of Region A.

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