by Pamela Thompson, LMS, Col. John O. Ensor Middle School, Socorro ISD (El Paso); @PThompson_EMS ; http://booksbypamelathompson.blogspot.com/
This year celebrating National Poem in Your Pocket Day #pocketpoem is being taken to new heights at Col. John O. Ensor Middle School and Horizon Heights Elementary in Horizon City, Texas. Thousands of scrolls of poetry will be presented to residents, shoppers, parents, teachers, and students on Thursday, April 27.
Photography by Mike Krautter, http://www.marthastewart.com/1066245/april-book-club-poem-your-pocket-day
Book clubs at Ensor are rolling thousands of scrolls and tied with pink and blue ribbons to share with the community. Students will share the love of poetry with parents as they drop off their students in the drop off zones before school on the 27th.
National Junior Honor Society students and Ensor book clubs will distribute poetry bags filled with scrolls to nearby merchants on April 25. Merchants will pass out the poetry scrolls to the shoppers/clients/customers on National Poem in Your Pocket Day. Teachers will receive eight poems for each class period. They will share their poems with each of their classes.
It is the hope that the community will come together, share a smile and open their hearts to poetry, the written word and each other.
Students will encourage parents and the community to tweet about our event using the hashtags
#NPM17 #pocketpoem #PoemsRCoolEnsor #PoemsRCoolHHE #SISDreads #TeamSISD
To get started on your own celebration, find more details at www.poets.org
Be sure and watch this helpful video from Charlottesville, West Virginia. It is inspirational!
Poetry packets can be downloaded from the site. Poems that are public domain may be used for distribution. Student written poetry is a fun way to encourage students to write their own poetry and share it with others.
Elementary students can carry a short poem in their pocket. Everyone they meet on April 27 should hear their poem and share one of their own. We also have a poetry slam for middle schools that will feature students’ own work. They will memorize and perform in front of an audience for prizes and the grand prize.