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Tuscan Students Participate in Maplewood Library’s Kids Speak Out Event

By Amy B. Popp, Tuscan School Library Media Specialist

Third grader Alice C. and fifth grader Max C. recite a two-voice poem at Kids Speak Out. On Saturday, February 3rd, 2018, students from Tuscan School, along with other elementary school students from the South Orange-Maplewood School District, participated in the Maplewood Memorial Library’s Kids Speak Out event.  This event was to encourage students to “speak out” and express themselves through writing, art, and music to celebrate African-American History Month.  Over 240 students, and community members attended the event.  Poetry and artwork from all of the elementary school was on display for all to admire. 

Tuscan Students read “I Am From”, two-voice, and Fifth grader Aiden S. recites a poem he had written especially for the event that morning! free verse poems that they wrote.  These poems honored the dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and expressed their hopes for the future. 

Fifth grader, Max C., recited two poems.  One of his poems was called “I Dream A World”.  A particularly powerful stanza stated, “I dream a world/where hatred is none/and love is all/for the old and the young/the short and the tall.”  Aiden S., also in fifth grade, wrote several poems.  A stanza from one of his poems eloquently stated, “I dream a world/The world where we say “All Lives Matter”/No matter the different variations of diversity/A place where peace will hum a pleasing tune all over the land.” This event provided a platform for these talented students to read their work.

This is the third year that Maplewood Library has held this event.  It is a wonderful gathering that showcases the talent of students in the South Orange-Maplewood School District.  In turn, students benefited greatly from having the opportunity to share their work with the community. 

Pictured above, left: Third grader Alice C. and fifth grader Max C. recite a two-voice poem at Kids Speak Out.

Pictured above, right: Fifth grader Aiden S. recites a poem he had written especially for the event that morning! 

Tuscan third grader, Tamarra H. recites a poem at Kids Speak Out. From left to right: Tuscan students, Aiden S., Max C., Alice C., and Ms. Popp, Tuscan Library Media Specialist.

Pictured above:  Tuscan third grader, Tamarra H. recites a poem at Kids Speak Out.

Pictured right: From left to right, Tuscan students, Aiden S., Max C., Alice C., and Ms. Popp, Tuscan Library Media Specialist.