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Did you know April
is National Poetry Month? In 1996, the Academy of American Poets established the world’s largest literary
celebration in honor of poetry. A group of emerging poets at Meredith Nicholson School 96 are celebrating National Poetry Month as
they prepare to become published writers!

 

Meredith Nicholson
Literacy Coach Jessica Barnes received funding from Donors
Choose
last year to
initiate a school newspaper club. Each month, the club publishes and distributes a newspaper (The
Legend of 96) to all students and staff.

 

When the newspaper
team learned about a contest for the 2016 Young American Poetry Digest, they
focused their writing efforts on various forms of poetry – from haiku and
cinquain to free poetry and prose. The students’ efforts went on for more than
a month and were shared with the Meredith Nicholson community through the
February edition of the newspaper. All of their poems were submitted to the National
Schools Project
for
consideration in the contest.

 

“I am extremely
proud of the effort of each of my newspaper students,” said Barnes. “They are
thrilled that their work is going to be published in the 2016 American Poetry
Digest and I am thrilled for them.”

 

In all, nine poems
by seven students were chosen for the publication, due out in October. Here’s
the award-winning work:

 

Racing

By: Lilli M.

Grade 3

 

Try your best to win!

Use speed, use quickness, be fast!

Then we cheer, you win!

 

 

Dogs

By: Lilli M.

Grade 3

 

Some dogs like to lick.

They like to learn games and tricks.

Dogs like to fetch sticks.

 

 

Beautiful
Butterflies

By: Tiara M.

Grade 5

 

Honest butterflies

They’re sweet and pretty awesome

Beautiful all day

 

 

Lions

By: Cherish C.

Grade 3

 

It’s very scary

It can almost eat anything

They’re in my nightmares

 

 

Earth

By: Cherish C.

Grade 3

 

Beautiful flowers

Quiet and wonderful day

I love the planet

 

Homework

By: Jocelyn C.

Grade 3

 

Homework is boring!

Because we work hard at school.

No more homework, okay?

 

 

Snowflakes

By: Karina S.

Grade 3

 

Snowflakes, beautiful

They are from the snow and its

Cute…. I love it lots!

 

 

My Birthday

By: David M.

Grade 3

 

My birthday is fun

My birthday is coming soon

You should come, okay?

 

Nature

By: Kimberly G.

Grade 5

 

Nature….

 

Beautiful flowers

I love your colors and leaves

Like the sky…

 

You have colors too

Red, yellow, pink, white, purple

Like a rainbow too….

 

Flowers, I love them

There are different kinds too

I love them all….

 

Nature