|Flat Rock Park, Columbus, Georgia. (Photo by Dr. Dorothy Jelagat Cheruiyot)|
I walked into the library this week to pick up some easy readers for a project. At the back of the room, a display wall had been set up. I wandered over and discovered some wonderful artwork and poetry by Georgia students.
Each year the Georgia EPA sponsors a program for teachers and students in the state, Georgia River of Words: Connecting Kids to their Watershed. The website says, "The River of Words Project is designed to help youth explore the natural and cultural history of the place they live. After studying a watershed in their own environment, students express, through poetry and art what they discover." See the exhibit here.
One very creative student started her poem called "Fish" with these words: I dreamed/ I was a fern/
The national grand prize winner was a third grade student from Atlanta who wrote a beautiful haiku called "Dawn."
One of my favorites was "Tumble Down," in which the writer managed to describe her love/hate relationship to poetry with the image of falling water. She begins, " I'm the one who is writing this poem..." In the stanza on stanzas, she says, "...they rush down like a waterfall,/ Like water droplets,/ My words fall like rain,/ Couplets gathering in a puddle below"
Such a great project. I hope you'll take a moment at the website. Especially if you're a teacher and haven't seen the project before.