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Poem in Your Pocket Day


"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words." —Robert Frost

The St. Francis Lower School has a rich tradition of celebrating poetry during National Poetry month. Historically, students wrote and read poetry to their parents during Poetry Declamations days in April. These were more recently restructured to become Learning Celebrations, but Poem in Your Pocket Day was fully embraced. The Academy of American Poets supports the Poem in Your Pocket Day that started in New York City in 2002.

Here at St. Francis, students and teachers select a poem they love or have written and share it with others throughout the day. Everyone carries their poem in their "pocket," which is a "sewn," decorated pocket on a string that they wear around their necks. The different grades celebrated the day with their own twist. For example, second grade copied their poems onto special paper. Third-grade took it to the courtyard to share with their classmates. Spanish focused on poems about colors and practiced reading them with friends. Kindergarten even made a celebratory song for the special day! Teachers were involved as well. When Ms. Stephenson visited Kindergarten to read her poem to the classes, the students performed a "copycat" poem that was written as a class.

Poem in Your Pocket Day is a fun way to celebrate poetry in an authentic, natural way.




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