2006-06-30 / Community

Book Of Poetry Published

Children's poet Robert W. Kurkela has published a book of poetry by the students of St. Camillus School in Rockaway Park, entitled "Sand Scripts from the Seashore School."

Kurkela appeared at the school in January with his daughter to read his own poetry and to motivate the students to create their book, and worked with St. Camillus teacher, Eileen Mullarkey, to realize the school's dream.

The production of the book was an interactive experience between the school and Kurkela's publishing company, which provided free ongoing support, lesson plans, materials and guidance. The school designed the cover of the book, chose its title and provided the complete poems from students. The books were then sold to family and friends of the students.

Kurkela relies on his poetry writing experience to help him introduce poetry to students at a young age. He donates a portion of his company's profits and his time to charities and organizations dedicated to children and adults alike.

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