To keep things fresh, MC became Dazzle the following year. She was a very young, naive, enthusiastic, self-absorbed and impulsive fairy who needed corralling and training from Tink. Through a year’s coaching by Tink and the students, Dazzle matured into compassion, grace and decorum, just as Hook had. They began to include class dramatic demonstrations to teach the monthly target social skill … for instance, the BFG was used in a sketch highlighting the need for strong listening skills.
In the years following, Fairy Dazzle and Tink morphed into ‘Mac and Tosh’, the inordinately polite ‘Goofy Gophers’ from Looney Tunes who were noted for saying “After, you … oh, no, after, you … oh, no, I insist!”, “Indubitably!” and, “Shall we? Yes, I think we shall!” (Oddly, they settled on Mac and Tosh as characters and then realized the synchronicity of their new principal’s name … Ms. McIntosh!)
Leslie and MC embraced their mission to make learning social skills fun, entertaining and integrated with literacy and literature. They have since collaborated on several workshops, student theatrical presentations and pieces of writing. They have remained close fairy friends for over 20 years.