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Excitement Generated by Poetry

" It is very rewarding to see the excitement generated by poetry. Over half of my students took their poems home this weekend in order to "make them perfect". Thank you for this marvelous opportunity to inspire young people. "

---- Tina Moore

Students Try Out Their Writing Wings

" I would like to tell you about the commotion you created when we received your letter! It was just what the doctor ordered!! Out of my 52 students in Language Arts, 25 had submitted their work to your contest. Of the 25 submitted, 9 were accepted! Unbelievable! For my 1st year trying to get my students' work published, my dreams and hopes were surprised! Thank you so much for the opportunity you have given these young adults to try out their "writing wings". Who knows what doors you have opened with your positive acknowledgment of their work! "

---- Nancy Anderson

Tremendous Boost in Self-esteem

" Thank you so much for your recent letter informing our school that three of our students have had their poems selected to be published in your poetry anthology. Again, thank you for the opportunity to recognize these fine young poets. The honor of having their poems selected for publication has been a wonderful reward for their creative efforts, as well as a tremendous boost in their self-esteem. "

---- Allison Lucas

There Is Much Celebration in Our School

" My words cannot adequately express my gratitude for your encouraging young poets. For the past several years, I have submitted writings of my students. When we receive word that some of the poems have been selected for your Celebration of Young Poets, there is much celebration in our school. Not only the fifth graders, but also every grade level joins in congratulating the poets. We tag the pages, place a copy in the library, and read the selections to various classes. Providing the incentive, furnishing a way for students to get published, and printing a quality book have been wonderful opportunities you give to my children. I am truly grateful to your company. "

---- Jo-Lee Buncic

They Gave It Their All

" I would like to personally thank you for creating a contest such as this one. It gave my students purpose when composing their stories. I agree that many of them are incredibly talented writers as well, I agree that many of them "gave it a good shot". Either way, they had a purpose and they gave it their all. "

---- Marsha Layne

siStudents Enthuastic About Enduring Poetry

" My students discovered your poetry contest two days before your stated deadline. While a short discussion ensued, there was not enough time to really expose them to the finer points of poetry. A few students, however, were so enthusiastic about enduring poetry. The first may bring an Edgarian smile, the others but only a wince; as budding pre-teen love can be sweetly and surely…evident. "

---- Mr. Wright

Commitment to Language Arts and Young People

" The Language Arts classes enjoyed the unit on poetry and we appreciate a forum such as yours to encourage publishing final works. We have entered your contest in previous years and enjoyed seeing many of our students' poems published. Traditionally, we conduct a Poetry Night in February as our school's celebration, so these poems are a wonderful springboard for that event. Thank you for your commitment to Language Arts and young people. "

---- Carol Peardon

The Challenge of Putting Words and Feelings on Paper

" For the past two years, our students have been actively participating in your Celebration of Young Writers contest. In the past, when the book had been published, we have had special "Coffee House" gatherings. One year it was a "Hippy Coffee House" with all the poets in 60’s costumes reading their poems, with guitar music in the background. Another year, we had a Beatnik theme. Students dressed in black with goatees and had bongo drums for backup. We served decaf coffee and brownies. Students, staff, and families were invited to the readings and signings of the books. This opportunity has given our children the challenge of putting words and feelings on paper and making it fun. Thank you. "

---- Kathy Domina

Excited About Participating

" This is the sixth season that my seventh graders have taken part in your program, and I can assure you that this year's class is quite excited about having the opportunity to participate. Please accept my continued thanks for making this opportunity available. It is an activity that my students and I look forward to each spring. "

---- Christine Specht

Let Their Voices Be Heard

" First of all, I would like to thank you for providing such a wonderful opportunity for students to share their writing and let their voices be heard. The poetry and essay contest you are offering clearly demonstrates your interest and commitment in motivating and inspiring young writers. My biggest joy is when a student surprises and impresses themselves with their own work. I feel your contest is one such opportunity for the students to take a confident step forward. Earlier this year, I had my 4th and 5th grade students write patriotic poems to correspond with government units that were being taught in the classroom. When the students came to my class for creative writing, we discussed what patriotism means and what it means to us as Americans. I then put the students into cooperative groups and had each group analyze a different, familiar patriotic writing (Star Spangled Banner, The Pledge of Allegiance, and a poem about the American flag). Each group presented to the class what they had discussed. The students were then asked to write a poem of their own expressing patriotism in their own words. I was impressed with the poems I received. When I told them about the contest, many wanted to enter. I hope you enjoy them. "

---- Pam Pursel