For the past four years we have worked with Barbara Buckman Strasko, our Poet in the Schools, toÂ offer excellent poetry writing workshops to about 250 public elementary and middle school studentsÂ 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 kidsâ€™ poetry and host a large public reading of their work for teachers, principals, students, families, neighbors and friends.Â 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 WhartonÂ Elementary Schools. Â
- 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’sÂ 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 Commonwealthâ€™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.Â Portions of these companiesâ€™ donations have funded all the workshops, publications, and enrichment activities undertaken through Poetry Paths in the Schools.