SCARSDALE, N.Y. -- Heathcote School held its eighth annual Art and Poetry Festival the week of April 18 to celebrate the two arts and recognize National Poetry Month.
Heathcote's schoolwide exhibit was open to students and parents for three mornings, when artwork and poetry by students were displayed in the main hall galleries.
Students worked with their classroom teachers to write original poems on topics ranging from being late for school to favorite vacations.
Fifth-graders studied the works of Dr. Seuss and Walter Dean Myers, author of “Love That Dog!,” to come up with rhyming poetry around the theme of choosing a pet.
First-grader Jaden Hernandez not only wrote a poem but also included a QR code in one corner of her poem. When scanned with a smartphone, viewers could watch Hernandez reciting her poem.
Art teacher Erin Cameron also inspired students to create special artwork for the festival, and Jill Schultz and Heathcote’s orchestra students presented a special musical performance on April 21.
In addition, VIP guest readers provided daily readings of poetry to the school community over the public address system, and at a poetry café, fifth-grade students shared poetry with younger students at lunchtime.
Everyone at Heathcote was also encouraged to carry around a poem in their pocket, ready to share with friends.