This week, 40 fourth and fifth graders and their teachers (Linda Cummings and Chris Maiorino) from Burrowes Elementary took a field trip to the Conestoga Greenway to learn about the poetic nature of the river. Ted Groff, naturalist at Lancaster County Parks, explained the natural and cultural history of the river and pointed out interesting aspects of the riparian ecosystem. Back in the classroom, Barbara Strasko, our Poet in the Schools,Â lead the students in poetry workshops throughout the week, building on this topic.
Barbara Buckman Strasko was the Poet Laureate of Lancaster County 2009-10, appointed by The Lancaster Literary Guild. In 2009, she was named Teacher of the Year by River of Words, an International Environmental Poetry & Art Contest for Youth. Find her complete bioÂ here.