A gerbil is a small mammal of the order Rodentia. Clara Godfrey, a P.S. 38 sixth-grade social studies teacher, owned a gerbil as a class pet, named Sherman.
- When Nate Wright's father packed Nate a lunch of an apple, celery, and carrots, Nate compared the food to gerbil food.
- Teddy Ortiz once joked when he was walking home from school and suggested that Nate's fleeceball team should be called "Gina's Gerbils".
- Mrs. Godfrey had a class pet, Sherman, for a period of time, but mysteriously disappeared.
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