Celebrating World Poetry Day

Rhymes and reasons filled the air at UIS on World Poetry Day, as parents sipped a coffee, listening to their children’s readings at the Poetry Café.  In a candlelit atmosphere, magically created by the Grade One lanterns, students presented both interpretations of famous poems and renditions of their own original verses. Inspiration came from varied sources: nature, feelings and emotions, Greek myths, odes by Shelley and Keats, and even the work of Maya Angelou. A few days later, the students had a chance to share their poetry with each other at an Elementary assembly, expressing their visions, ideas, and dreams. Opening the door to poetry writing and sharing has led us all to new discoveries about ourselves, others, and the world.

Kiki Sterigiou Grade 3 teacher