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Author Sara Holbrook visits Fairgrieve Elementary School

Author and educator Sara Holbrook gave students at Fairgrieve Elementary School in the Fulton City School District a glimpse into the world of poetry and her writing process during a recent visit.

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Fairgrieve Elementary School fourth grade student Aryona Digregorio won an autographed copy of Sara Holbrook’s book of poems entitled “The Dog Ate My Homework.” The school’s Parent-Teacher-Organization donated funds to purchase three of Holbrook’s books and one winner from fourth, fifth, and sixth grade was selected to receive a book. Holbrook, pictured, presented Aryona and the other winners, Samantha Perkins from fifth grade and Cassy Belen from sixth grade with their autographed edition following each grade-level presentation.

Holbrook hosted three presentations for students in fourth, fifth and sixth grade at the school.

She shared her journey to becoming a full-time poet and brought with her excerpts from one of her most prized possessions, her family’s poem book.

The book served as a journal for her and her two daughters to capture memories and moments of significance.

She talked with the students about the emotional connection that poetry creates and the ability of a poet to paint a picture and find a place where a reader and a writer can meet saying, “The meaning of a poem is not on the page, not in your head, it’s somewhere in between.”

Holbrook also hosted a writer’s workshop for teaching staff while she was visiting the school.

She shared poetry writing ideas and gave teachers practical strategies to implement in their classrooms.

The Arts-In-Education program at Oswego County BOCES coordinated Sara Holbrook’s visit to the school.

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Fairgrieve Elementary School visiting Author Sara Holbrook likened poetry to a camera’s “snapshot,” saying that a poem “captures moments” in life.