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Elementary Students Visited by Poet Dr. Jennifer Bogard for Poets in the Schools Program

Thanks to Lynne Viti for contributing this news to Westwood Minute.

This month, Westwood students at three elementary schools—Hanlon, Downey and Deerfield—showed their poetry talents in workshops with guest poet Dr. Jennifer Bogard, author of The ABCs of Plum Island, B is For Beach Plums, and C is for Clippers and adjunct professor at Lesley University’s Integrated Teaching Through the Arts Program.

Bogard’s 90-minute workshops introduced students to poetry skills, including keeping a writer’s notebook for poetry ideas, making a word bank, planning and drafting a poem, and sharing the poem aloud with an audience of peers.

Dr. Lynne Viti, Westwood Poet Laureate,organized the cocurricular programs in collaboration with elementary media specialists Katie Burke, Canice Thynne, Julie Krass, Beth Swinning and Meg Kara. The programs were funded by a grant from the Westwood Cultural Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Photo by Lynne Viti. Downey School students read their group poem aloud.
Photo by Lynne Viti. Hanlon School fourth grade student work on their poems.
Photo by Lynne Viti. A Downey School fifth grader reads her poem to the group.
Photo by Lynne Viti. A Hanlon School student reads her poem to the group.
Photo by Lynne Viti. Deerfield School third graders attend a poetry workshop led by Dr. Jen Bogard.
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