By Amy B. Popp, Tuscan School Library Media Specialist
On Saturday, February 20th, elementary students from the South Orange-Maplewood School District participated in the Maplewood Memorial Library’s Kids Speak Out for Black History Month event. Over one hundred students, parents, and community members attended the reception. Students from Tuscan and Clinton Schools recited poetry and artwork from students in the other schools was exhibited.
According to Maplewood
Memorial Library’s Head of Children’s Services, Jane Folger, “It was a great
opportunity for parents and the general public to see the quality of work that
is coming out of the SOMSD elementary schools. And it was good for the students
to present their thoughts in public, standing in front of a microphone.”
Tuscan Students read cinquin poems that they wrote in Ms. Popp’s library
classes. These poems honored the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The
students who recited their poems spoke eloquently and elaborated on the
importance of equal rights for all.
Students benefited greatly from having the opportunity to share their work with the community.
Above Photo: Tuscan students Carrie S. and Caroline P. both recited poetry at Kids Speak Out for Black History at the Maplewood Memorial Library on February 20, 2016.