Fourth grade students at Gilbert Junior High School were treated to a visit from a Louisiana author recently. Andrea Brew, a Louisiana native who wrote “Twas the Night Before Bayou Classic,” spent time Friday, April 21, with the students telling them about the writing process and encouraging reading.

Dr. Christy Allen, 4th Grade teacher at Gilbert Junior High, had entered a School Library Month Contest during the month of April and won the honor of having a school visit from Brew for her fourth grade students. During her trip to Gilbert Junior High School Brew held a question and answer session and led several engaging activities for students in their school library.

Brew encouraged the students to “Keep a book with you (and read it), never stop trying, and go to Southern University.”

Brew is a Louisiana native.  She is an elementary school librarian and has worked in the field of education for 14 years. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Southern University and A & M College in 2000, and later a Master of Education from Northwestern State University. Brew’s love of children’s literature and the joy it brings to young readers has inspired her to write and share her own poetry and stories.

  “Twas the Night Before Bayou Classic” is her first book. It is a beautifully illustrated children’s book that details the events of Bayou Classic revelers. Bayou Classic is an annual football game played between Southern University and Grambling State University. The event draws thousands to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

The book tells what happens on the eve of the Bayou Classic, when a family of Southern University fans, filled with anticipation and blue-and-gold spirit, gets an unexpected visitor at their door.

Allen stated she was thrilled that her students were able to meet a real author and hopes it will encourage them to continue to fulfill their dreams and love to read.

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