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Public Poems by Middle School Students Celebrate National Poetry Month

Friday, April 26, 2019

Poetry has the power to inspire, enlighten, and entertain -- and it doesn't just have to live in books. That's why, in honor of National Poetry Month, Heathwood Middle School students wrote inspirational poems and then posted them in public places around the Middle School and across campus.

The idea for the public poetry project came from City of Columbia Poet Laureate Ed Madden, who spoke to the 8th grade in March and talked about the success of similar projects that have placed poems in conspicuous places around the city for people to discover and enjoy. Middle School students were invited to write poems about topics ranging from school to sports to mindfulness to confidence, all for very public consumption.

The project has been a huge success, says Middle School Head Suzanne Nagy: "The poems our students wrote are so inspiring, and I love that they are so publicly displayed for people to find and appreciate."