The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Chuck Cantrell reads A Place Called Freedom

Third Graders at Brown Academy Love to Read

In the library Brown Academy for Classical Studies , Ms. Coleman’s third grade class of future doctors, policeman, presidents and teachers heard the story of James Starman come alive with a reading of A Place Called Freedom by Scott Russell Sanders, Thomas B. Allen (Illustrator). The book tells the story of tells of how Starman’s family, and later others, left Tennessee for Indiana to start their own community of freed slaves.

Assistant Vice Chancellor Chuck Cantrell of The Office of University Relations at UTC reads to the bright group of children as part of the celebration of the 15th National African American Read-In.

“I was so impressed with the way the children paid close attention to the reading, and the questions and comments they had,” Cantrell said. “Each one had a different idea about what they wanted to be when they grow up with the exception of two, who both want to be the first Black President of the United States.”

Norma Faerber, Curriculum Facilitator for Brown Academy, was pleased with the children’s enthusiasm. “The students really enjoyed the special readings,” Faerber said. Several UTC readers including Dr. Valerie Rutledge of the Teacher Preparation Academy participated in the event.

UTC serves as a partner to Brown Academy and Battle Academy for Teaching and Learning, two new Hamilton County Magnet Schools. UTC professors assist with staff development for the Brown and Battle faculties, and they supervise UTC education students in practical on-site training.