Rootstown Third Graders Visit Kent State's Wick Poetry Center

Continuing with their study of poetry, this morning the Rootstown third graders explored the poems on display in the Poetry Park at  Kent State’s  Wick Poetry Center. The Wick Poetry Center is one of the leading poetry centers in the United States, offering a range of impactful programming opportunities for emerging and established poets including education, outreach, performance, and publication. This morning the third graders explored the center’s Poetry Park, an interactive outdoor area that serves as a gathering space for reflection, writing and performances. The students enjoyed capturing digital photos within the gardens and viewing the park's poetry posters known as the Traveling Stanzas , a collaborative project of the center and Kent State Visual Communication Design students with local school children, veterans, healthcare providers, and patients at area hospitals. The third graders were greeted by poet and Kent State student Regis Coustillac of the Wick Center who gave the students a tour of the beautiful facilities within the center’s home including the library and the “Poet’s Loft” which provides inspiring views of the KSU campus and downtown Kent. Back in the AT&T Classroom, the students were introduced to Haiku Deck, a free design tool that they used to create nature poems using their favorite photo from their visit to the Poetry Park.