2009-06-12 / School News

Poetry Month At P.S. 215

April was Poetry Month at P.S. 215.

Kathleen McGurk, RSSC Regional Coach, reads a poem to Ms. Adote- Lamptey's first grade class. Kathleen McGurk, RSSC Regional Coach, reads a poem to Ms. Adote- Lamptey's first grade class. The students and staff at P.S. 215 celebrated poetry month by having student poetry readers recite poems daily after morning announcements. The classes were treated to "poetry walks, walking the halls and reading the poems that were placed outside each classroom."

April 29 was designated as "Guest Poetry Readers Day," where classroom teachers and some community persons were invited to read poems to each class. A great day was had by all. The students in Mrs. Devot's fourth grade class created a collaborative poem called "As I Walk Along Mott Avenue."

As I Walk Along Mott Avenue


As I walk along Mott Ave.
I think of the people who lived here
first and how they lived.
I see homeless people asking for change
I see people scurrying, hurrying
about, up and down the street
a man selling succulent fruits and ices
And children begging for some.
I hear a ring tone clashing against Retired Fire Captain Bill Collins reads a poem about firemen to a group of kindergartners.  Retired Fire Captain Bill Collins reads a poem about firemen to a group of kindergartners.
the barking from the pet store.
I hear the deafening sirens
Of police and rushing fire trucks.
As I walk along Mott Ave.
I feel a sadness for the homeless
Their struggle for food.
I feel brave, amiss, with all the bad
things happening around me,
yet still belonging.

Mrs. Bonnie Sutter, a retired P.S. 215 teacher, reads "Oh the Places You'll Go!" to the students in Mrs. Bonilla's fifth grade class. Mrs. Bonnie Sutter, a retired P.S. 215 teacher, reads "Oh the Places You'll Go!" to the students in Mrs. Bonilla's fifth grade class.

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