Poetry Aloud

Poetry Aloud is a longstanding tradition at JSIS, bringing students and teachers to Principal Dedy's office to kick Friday mornings off with a live poetry broadcast. Younger grades often work with their teachers to recite a favorite poem in English, Spanish or Japanese; older students often read their own works, inspired by significant events in their lives, or classroom topics that have made a strong impression on them. Led by parent volunteers (most recently the Poetry Ladies Meg Chadsey and Erika Bigelow), Poetry Aloud sometimes invents poetry challenges to encourage students to find and create poetry in unexpected places, like Metro buses, mysterious Poetry Boxes (discovered on a tree in Woodland Park), and their own lives.

Woodland Park Poetry Box:
Poetry Box

Poem from the Woodland Park Poetry Box:

2015 National Poetry Month poster: 'Eating Poetry' by poet Mark Strand;
artwork by cartoonist Roz Chast:

National Poetry Month Poster
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