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Students Have Tasted Success

" I just wanted to thank you for having this contest. One of the students you selected is from a very poor family with many siblings. He has overcome many obstacles. Being selected and having his poem printed has made him realize his own self-worth. He knows he can do it now. My students receive very little recognition usually. They're academically behind their peers. Your contest has added so much to their self-esteem. Life will not be easy for them, but now they have tasted success. "

---- Karen Slattebo

Student Inspired to Write and Publish Poetry

" I am so pleased with your company. A student, just today, reminded me to thank you for all that you do. She is a senior and has been inspired to write and publish poetry in my class. Your opportunity afforded her this success. She stopped by to thank me, which is a pleasure for any teacher. Thank you, also, for the Language Arts Grant. I set a date to have a night where students recite their poetry and now with the grant money we can afford to offer refreshments to the parents. I have also contacted a local group about presenting poetry in an assembly. Needless to say, the grant that you offered is being put to wonderful use to promote poetry in our school. The books you have sent me and to the students who ordered them are very professionally done. This provides great pride for our students to see their work published with you. "

---- Susan Moreno

Touched My Heart

" I, along with my four students, were thrilled to receive the wonderful news that their poems had been chosen for the anthology. Upon returning their poems to me, I realized that the poems touched my heart. So, I felt compelled to share this information with you. At the time one student wrote her poem, everyone in her family was doing fine. Unfortunately a few weeks before Christmas her mother died rather suddenly. This news was shocking, but she and her family are surviving. They are a fine family. Apparently, their mother taught them well. "

---- Christiann Bjork

Creative Writing Is a Struggle

" We are all thrilled by the amount of poems selected from our school. P.S. 181 is a large overcrowded school in Flatbush, Brooklyn. Many of our children are new to the United States. Creative Writing of any kind is always a struggle. I am the Writing Specialist at 181, and when I showed the principal, she was overjoyed. An announcement was read over the loud speaker and a special bulletin board is being made up to honor those students. You can be sure we will be entering your poetry contest every year. "

---- Lorraine Richardson

Excited About Being Chosen

" The children were so excited about the fact that their poetry was chosen for publishing. We have quite a few children interested in entering in the Spring, who did not participate in the Fall/Winter contest. Our principal was interviewed about the contest and our students' participation by a local radio station this week. The District Public Relations Officer took information from the award letters and sent out a Press Release outlining the process, which led to our children's work being published. Thank you very much for providing this opportunity. "

---- Denise Gifford

Letters Created Interest

" I cannot tell you how thrilled my students were to receive their letters of notification of being selected for publication. Having the letters delivered to the students at school created a lot of interest in entering your spring contest. Additionally, I want to thank you for offering the prizes. Considering how the students seem to be indifferent to scholastic achievements, this was heartwarming for me. What a wonderful opportunity you provide both for teachers and students! The students and I look forward to entering your spring contest. "

---- Janet Smith

Making This Dream a Reality

" To say that we are thrilled to have so many budding poets selected from this third grade class is wonderful and the excitement of the children and their families is absolutely "over the top"! Further, our thanks to you for offering this contest as we all know how important it is for students to be provided a forum for and validation of their fine efforts. Thank you for making this dream a reality for these boys and girls. "

---- Melody Camp

Excited by Their Writing

" I was recently pleased to learn that several of my students were chosen as finalists in your "Washington's Young Poets" contest. We were anxious to respond to your requests of having the poems published. Although winning a prize can be a real motivator, the children eagerly await seeing their original work published in a book. Many of them have never been excited about their writing before. "

---- J. Stolte

More Confident About Abilities

" I am writing to express my deepest thanks to you and your staff for selecting my learning support and gifted support students' poems for publication. I also greatly appreciate the free books, which are now a part of our classroom library. My students' parents are very proud and elated. My students are more confident about their writing abilities and continue to look forward to more assignments. "

---- Ella Macklin

Incentive to Get Creative Juices Flowing

" Your contest is one that I try to have my students participate in each year. Contests such as yours give the students an incentive to get their "creative juices" flowing. It is a wonderful vehicle for them outside of the usual curriculum demands. Thank you for all of your efforts in putting together such a mammoth project. "

---- Loretta Christoforo