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Poem in Your Pocket Day

Laura Petrie

Thursday, May 8, 2014 • 12:01am

SPARTA, NJ- On April 24, Hilltop Country Day School celebrated National Poem in Your Pocket Day.  This is a day designated by the Academy of American Poets to promote the sharing of good poetry and to encourage everyone to carry a favorite poem all day long to read and discuss with friends and family.  This was a full school initiative, with students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, teachers, staff, and guests participating in the activities of the day. 

In art class, everyone created fanciful paper pockets to hold these specially selected poems which were featured in a special morning assembly, read in English class parties and announced over the loud speaker throughout the school day. 

This annual event coincided with the celebration of Grandparents’ Day at Hilltop, and the honored guests joined the Poem in Your Pocket festivities by reading poems that had special meanings to them and their grandchildren.

From the humor of Ogden Nash and Shel Silverstein to the classic poems of Kilmer, Frost, and even Shakespeare, the halls and classrooms at Hilltop Country Day School were filled with poetry.  The Hilltop chorus sang songs based on the poetry of William Blake and Robert Louis Stevenson, and everyone enjoyed the wonderful power of poetic language to amuse, instruct, and inspire during this multi-generational day to celebrate a “Poem in Your Pocket.”

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