In honor of National Poetry Month, Germantown Friends School celebrated “Poem in Your Pocket Day” on Thursday, April 30, by having fifth-grade “poetry ambassadors” fill their pockets with poems and hand them out to others who didn’t bring their own.
Some students sewed extra pockets into their clothes to hold their poems, or found other creative ways to share their favorite verses. Phoebe Kolff ’22 made earrings with stanzas from William Blake and Emily Dickinson written on them. The students chalked poems by Langston Hughes, William Carlos Williams, Emily Dickinson, Shel Silverstein and more along the walkways of campus.
“The day is meant to foster a love and appreciation of poetry by sprinkling poems throughout the community,” said fifth-grade teacher Jenny Stetzer Goldberg. “Kids read and write poetry in every class, and I am hoping that this celebration brings us all together around our shared knowledge and love of poetry.”