Poetry Paths in the Schools Kids Poetry Journal

 

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Snow in the City
By Migma Sherpa, Fulton Elementary School, Grade 5

Every day I see many things
in the city: buildings, parks
and schools, cars and bikes.

I see some Nepali food and
fruit in the stores here, too.
It makes me happy to see that.

Today I see people outside playing
in the white snow. They are
throwing snowballs at each other.

Before, I never knew it could
be snowing here. We had no
snow in my country. It is as cold,
white, and pretty as I thought.

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2014 marks the fifth year that we have worked with Barbara Buckman Strasko, our Poet in the Schools, to offer excellent poetry writing workshops annually to about 250 public elementary and middle school students. In preparation for the workshops, we also sponsor experiences for the students that give them a new and deeper appreciation of their neighborhoods and provide inspiration for their poems.

At the end of each program year, we publish a journal of the kids’ poetry and host a large public reading of their work for teachers, principals, students, families, neighbors and friends. The reading by our young poets from Washington, Fulton, and Ross Elementary Schools and Reynolds Middle School was held on Thursday, May 1 at the Roschel Performing Arts Center at Franklin & Marshall College and each student received a copy of the journal.

Poetry Paths in the Schools is made possible by the generous support of the following foundations, institutions, and individuals:
Lancaster County Community Foundation
The Armstrong Foundation
Franklin & Marshall College
Gretel and Arthur B. Dodge, Jr.

and by the following companies who, in supporting Franklin & Marshall College via contributions through the Commonwealth’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program (www.fandm.edu/EITC), have supported Poetry Paths in the Schools 2013-2014:
Frontier Communications
John E. Fullerton, Inc.
Fulton Bank
Oak Tree Development Group, LLC
SofterWare, Inc.
TIPPETTS/WEAVER Architects, Inc.
Tomlinson Bomberger
Warfel Construction Company
Waste Management, Inc.

Thank you to all of our donors!

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Fulton Elementary School site complete

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Stop by Fulton Elementary School, 225 West Orange Street, to visit the newest completed site of Poetry Paths! The site was completed in November 2013 and features five stainless steel spheres with Corian caps on which poems are printed. Congratulations to writers … Continue reading

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Poetry Paths artists and poets win awards

2013

Poet Mary Szybist wins the National Book Award in Poetry for her collection of poems, Incarnadine. Mary’s poem, “All Times and All Tenses Alive In this Moment” appears in the book. You can find this poem here, and at the Poetry Paths site at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design.

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Chris Dawson Architect receives a Citation award for the Excellence in Design Competition from the American Institute of Architecture for his project, “Eastern Market Bench.” You can find the bench at the Poetry Paths site at Eastern Market.

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Tim Seibles is named a National Book Award Finalist for his book of poetry, “Fast Animal.” You can find his poem, “Free” below or visit the Poetry Paths site at Fulton Elementary.

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Go Welsh receives a number of awards for their art installation at the Fulton Theatre.

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Poetry Paths Installation at Fulton Elementary School

Visit the grounds of the newly renovated Fulton Elementary School, 225 West Orange Street to see the latest Poetry Paths artwork, by artists Sara Pevaroff Schuh and Erin Gleason. Below, Terry and Marianne of Irvin Services, the fabricators of the piece, have been on site preparing the stainless steel spheres and adding the Corian caps on which the poems are printed. We are especially proud of this installment because it represents the thoughtful engagement of so many people in Lancaster, from the board of the Shreiner Concord Cemetery, who chose the poems and worked closely with the artists to develop the design, to the Board of the School District of Lancaster who welcomed the piece at Fulton. Congratulations to the artists and to writers Tim Seibles, Charles Bernstein, Alexandra Hill, and Toria Benitez. Alexandra and Toria were students in the school district when they wrote their poems, which celebrate the life and legacy of abolitionist and Lancastrian Thaddeus Stevens.

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Poetry Paths in the Schools is underway for the 2013-14 school year!

Students from Washington Elementary and Reynolds Middle School have been exploring  the outdoors as inspiration for poetry. Washington Elementary visited the Conestoga Greenway and Reynolds Middle School (pictured here) visited the Millport Conservancy. Ross and Fulton Elementary schools are also participating. Keep a look out for updates!

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New Poetry Paths piece at Keystone Arts & Culture Center

Artists George Mummert and Dave Romanchock installed the latest addition to the Poetry Paths On the Streets initiative of public art and poetry in Lancaster City on Thursday, June 27.                                                                                                                      Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/866781_New-sculpture-gets-finishing-touches.html#ixzz2XpECzgha

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Please join us for our 4th Annual Kids Poetry Reading.

PPKPROur 2012-2013 season of Poetry Paths is coming to a close, and we write to invite you all to join us for our 4th annual Kids Poetry Reading.  Please join the poets and their teachers, principals, friends, neighbors and families as we celebrate their art!  
Wednesday, May 1 
6:30pm – 8:00pm
The Ware Center (42 North Prince Street in Downtown Lancaster)

For the past four years we have worked with Barbara Buckman Strasko, our Poet in the Schools, to offer excellent poetry writing workshops to about 250 public elementary and middle school students each year. In preparation for the workshops, we also sponsor experiences for the students that give them a new and deeper appreciation of their neighborhoods, including trips to the Lancaster Museum of Art, the North Museum, the Lancaster Arts Hotel, and the Conestoga Greenway, among many other sites.

At the end of each program year, we publish a journal of the kids’ poetry and host a large public reading of their work for teachers, principals, students, families, neighbors and friends. Since 2009, we have worked with a total of 1300 students from 17 public schools in Lancaster.

Highlights of this year’s event:

  • Readings by 4th and 5th grade poets from Buchanan, Burrowes, Carter & MacRae, King, and Wharton Elementary Schools.  
  • Musical entertainment by the Music For Everyone String Ensemble and Vinegar Creek Constituency
  • Free copies of Poetry Paths Kids Poetry Journal for 2012-2013
  • Light refreshments

Thank you to this year’s donors to Poetry Paths in the Schools: Franklin & Marshall College; Gretel and Arthur B. Dodge, Jr.; the Armstrong Foundation; and the following companies who, by supporting Franklin & Marshall College via contributions through the Commonwealth’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program (www.fandm.edu/EITC), have supported Poetry Paths in the Schools 2012-2013: Frontier Communications; Fulton Bank; Oak Tree Development Group, LLC; Tomlinson Bomberger; and Warfel Construction Company.  Portions of these companies’ donations have funded all the workshops, publications, and enrichment activities undertaken through Poetry Paths in the Schools.

See you on May 1st!

 

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October 5

Poetry Paths, our innovative poetry and public art project, has reached critical mass with pieces now installed at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, Tabor Community Services, Lancaster Public Library, Bright Side Opportunities Center, Spanish American Civic Association’s El Centro Hispano, Clipper Magazine Stadium, and Fulton Theatre.

In celebration of our progress, we invite you and your families and friends to a free, public celebration of Poetry Paths.

fun music, free food, and free pencils!

From 3:00-5:00 pm, come to the Ware Center, 42 North Prince Street, for your Poetry Paths Map and Kids Poetry Paths Kit, and then walk or drive to each of our completed sites, where volunteers will stamp your map and give you an insider’s tour of the artwork.

From 6:00-8:00 pm at the Ware Center, please join us and the many people who have helped create the Paths for a free, public celebration featuring music by Vinegar Creek Constituency; food by Prince Street Café, Carmen & David’s Ice Cream, and Wendy Jo’s Homemade; mixing and mingling with our artists and writers, and the announcement of the winners of our Make Your Own Poetry Paths Art Project Contest, co-sponsored by Creative Works of Lancaster. Mayor Rick Gray and President Porterfield will speak.

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Poetry Paths continues at Clipper Magazine Stadium

Artist Derek Parker has completed the installation of his sculpture that features a poem by Le Hinton. For more details click here for the  Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era article.

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Poetry Paths Mural outside SACA’s El Centro Hispano

Allison Weber and muralist Jared Bader at SACA

Monday’s Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era highlights our latest installation at SACA.  Congratulations to artist Jared Bader and poet Persio Asencio.  For the full article, click here.

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