Kindergartener Casey Valentin recites her poem about animals during Westport Central Schools K-2 poetry reading Dec. 19. Students in the three youngest classes at the school each created and recited their own works for teachers, family and friends prior to the Christmas break.
As each poet stepped to the microphone, eyes and ears were focused on the topics of December, Christmas, pets and animals.
Those were the topics on the minds of the kindergarten, first- and second-grade students at Westport Central School who held a poetry reading Wednesday, Dec. 19, days before the Christmas vacation break.
“The students have been practicing their writing and their communication skills,” school Principal Michele Friedman said. “They do a great job with their poetry, and the teachers and all of the faculty and staff that work with these students on a daily basis deserve a huge thanks.”
Kindergarten teacher Julie Bisselle said her students had created original works based on an animal theme, while first-grade teacher Amy Welch said her students chose between and an animal theme or a winter theme.
“We have been working really hard on our poems and reading right along with the kindergarteners,” Welch said.
Second-grade teacher Lynn Bubbins said her class wrote poems on the month of December.
After each class was introduced by their teacher, each student took to the auditorium stage and recited their original poems to an audience of teachers, peers and parents.