Seasons of Service

Serve Rhyme and Reason in Poetry Season

What better way to beat the Holiday Gimmees and observe Red Letter Days than to practice good deeds? Here's a way to discover the true meaning of holidays and heroes. Please join us in celebrating the following Season of Service.

National Poetry Month is the perfect time to beat winter blahs and reflect on "April's first-born flowers, and all things rare" (William Shakespeare Sonnet XXI). As middle and high schoolers conduct poetry lessons for younger buddies, exchange patriotic poems with veterans, or organize nature walks, they make poetry more meaningful for themselves and others:

Poetry Exchange for Those Who Have Served Visit nursing homes and/or veterans hospitals and perform favorite poems. Ask those who have served our nation to share their favorite poems about patriotism and citizenship.


Rhyme TimeTeaching Write poems using a series of templates. Schedule time with younger students to recite creations. Show how templates help budding poets.


Poets of Society Contest Organize a poetry poster contest. Computer scan winning entries for T-shirt transfers. Iron graphics onto T-shirts.


Poetree Reading Guide youngsters on a nature walk to a park, public garden, or arboretum. Read favorite selections and student poems under a special tree or near a flowerbed.


Together In DiVERSity Arrange a library display or bulletin board featuring picture books by a multicultural array of poets. Invite visitors to illustrate a poem or write a message to a beloved author.


Poetry Smoke Out Write Smokers' Epitaphs Anti-Smoking Poems. Read selections on school Public Address system or publish them in school paper.


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