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Hastings-Mallory Elementary Students Show Off Their Rhythm and Rhyme

Students at Hastings-Mallory Elementary recently introduced a very special visitor to their school.

Student Adam Flores bravely reads his poem to the crowd. Students worked with published poet and fiction writer, Rachel Guido deVries, for a week to create poems that they had the opportunity to recite at a recent poetry reading held at the school.
Student Adam Flores bravely reads his poem to the crowd. Students worked with published poet and fiction writer, Rachel Guido deVries, for a week to create poems that they had the opportunity to recite at a recent poetry reading held at the school.

Published poet Rachel Guido deVries worked with fourth and fifth grade students to help them learn how to tap into their poetic creativity.

The one-week residency focused on teaching students key elements of writing poetry, such as metaphors, similes, prose, rhythm and rhyme.

Students were then tasked with writing three of their own poems on any subjects of their choosing.

Their achievements were celebrated at a poetry reading and reception, where students had the opportunity to choose one of their poems to read aloud.

Classmates Summer Fetter and Michelle Brissette from Alicia Crandall’s fourth grade class give each other words of encouragement, as they read their own poems aloud at the recent poetry reading and reception held at Hastings-Mallory Elementary.
Classmates Summer Fetter and Michelle Brissette from Alicia Crandall’s fourth grade class give each other words of encouragement, as they read their own poems aloud at the recent poetry reading and reception held at Hastings-Mallory Elementary.

Parents were also invited to attend the event, enjoying cookies and punch with the classes after each reading session.

Guido deVries worked with students as part of the Central Square School District’s Poet-in-the-School-Residency.

This program aims at empowering students through creativity and hands-on learning with field professionals.