Reporting back from our foray into Montreal schools!
Talented poet, John Kerkhoven, hosted three 75 min workshops at Royal Vale School. He was greeted by Cynthia Bennett, the grade 9 teacher, and warmly introduced to her students. John read poetry and had the students work in groups to create their own poems about spring. Some interesting and creative pieces were produced.
Sandra Erickson, a visiting poet from Vermont, hosted four workshops at Westmount High, John F. Kennedy, Gerald McShane, and Lester B. Pearson High Schools. Sandra is a gifted poet and educator who challenged her students with acrostic exercises and other useful approaches to poetry. She found the students scintillating and witty.
We want to thank these two great poets for their contributions and support of Vallum’s Outreach Program. We also want to thank Michael E. Sweet for his assistance in organizing this event. And thanks to the teachers and students who welcomed poetry into their schools!