Lower School students are beginning each morning this week with poetry readings. On Tuesday, they enjoyed an enthusiastic presentation by children’s author Alan Katz, who led them in a sing-along of songs from his books and offered them tips on how to cultivate their passion for writing. (Read more about Katz’s visit.)
At the Upper School’s weekly Community Meeting, students, faculty, and staff shared aloud with one another their favorite poems from their native languages, including Russian and Mandarin Chinese. English instructor Dr. Robert Baum offered a rousing reading of Langston Hughes’s famed poem, “Harlem,” while Laura Engel, Lower School teacher and Middle School librarian, shared Emma Lazarus’s “The New Colossus,” which is inscribed on the Statue of Liberty.
On Wednesday, April 26, both campuses celebrated National Poem-in-Your-Pocket Day, during which members of the community are challenged to carry a poem in their pocket and be prepared to read it when requested.