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Teaching assistant Jerri Good takes Becky Gnau’s kindergarten students on a poetry walk at Price Elementary on Wednesday. The walk gave students a chance to read poetry by their peers.
Education notebook

Palooza inspires budding poets

Event gives Price students chance to improve writing

Leah Rich, a fourth-grader at Price Elementary, loves writing poetry about holidays, Harry Potter and sports.

She got her chance to write about the latter this month, after a teacher showed her and her classmates the final minutes of the recent Kentucky-Indiana basketball game as a writing prompt.

When the video clip was finished, she started scrawling:

“Players had given up/four seconds to go/But Watford said/‘just one more’/He never says no/Scored 72-70/Christian made it in/People stared in disbelief/IU had a win.”

December is poetry month in Fort Wayne Community Schools, and administrators at Price Elementary celebrated with a “Poetry Palooza” before winter break.

Leah and other students were invited to check out poetry books from the library, write their own verse and listen to staff and children reading their poems on the morning announcements.

The palooza culminated Wednesday when students went on a “poetry walk” throughout the building and read works by their peers.

School officials thought the event would give students a chance to brush up on their writing skills, which weren’t quite as polished as officials had hoped they’d be at the start of the year.

“Poetry is my favorite subject,” Leah said. “It rhymes, and it flows really well. And there aren’t a lot of rules, really.”


Adams Central Middle School, Saint Joseph School, Cedarville Elementary School, Leo Elementary School, Leo Junior/Senior High School, Aboite Elementary, Covington Elementary School, Whispering Meadows Elementary School, Woodside Middle School, Carroll Middle School, Oak View Elementary School and Canterbury School were named Four Star schools by the Indiana Department of Education.

Soyla Garcia of Bellmont High School was a winner in the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ Voice of Democracy contest.


Candace Alexander, a senior at Homestead High School, has accepted a Chancellor’s Scholarship to IPFW.

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