Johnson Creek Elementary students are enjoying the kick-off activities that will lead into a year-long focus on poetry! On Monday, September 19, Poet, JoAnn Early Macken visited the school to give presentations to the students. Second through fourth graders participated in her session called, “What Makes A Poem A Poem” and kindergarten and first graders participated in her session called, “From Cats to Moo.” Macken shared poetry written by students she has worked with as well as published poems. She inspired the children to always be on the lookout for ideas for writing poems. The poet discussed using imagery, exciting language, creating patterns, as well as some of the different kinds of poems. She met in the evening with third and fourth grade students and their families and walked them through the steps of writing their own poems. September’s classroom project included writing couplets, some of which may be published in the Watertown Daily Times. Students made poetry badges to wear throughout the year. The school is geared up to continue with monthly poetry writing as well as poetry clubs over lunch. Many other activities are in the planning stages to reach out to the community through poetry. Family Literacy night will be full of exciting poetry activities . The students will culminate the year with an open mic night!