April is National Poetry Month, which is held across the United States every year as a celebration of poetry and a reminder of why it should be appreciated. It is a wonderful time to introduce children and even adults to the power of poetry.
Bell Central School Center recently promoted an intentional focus on poetry, as students were engaged in reading and writing poems throughout the different grade levels and in subjects beyond just language arts.
In addition, two main events were held: A daily poetry reading and a poetry contest.
Each morning during announcements, a student read a poem aloud over the intercom for the entire school to hear.
A poetry contest took place, sponsored by the FRYSC, and the winners were announced on April 25 during the school’s six weeks’ awards ceremony.
Third- through fifth-grade division winners were: First place, Charlcie Hunter; second place, Hunter Bailey; third place, Mikayla Gambrel; and honorable mention, Alex Mays.
Sixth- through eighth-grade division winners were: First place, Meghan Mills; second place, Cory Evans; third place, Madison Cox; and honorable mention, Mason Huddleston.
An English class at Eastern Kentucky University judged the participants’ poems in order to determine the contest winners.
While these winners deserve recognition, all of the students who participated in both the daily readings and the contest did an impressive job. Further, there were many students who read or wrote poetry within their own classrooms, which may not have been seen or heard by as many, but were also fantastic.