Tomorrow I leave for Paterson, New Jersey to spend three days in schools. I look forward to meeting students and working with their teachers. My thanks in advance to Dennis Vroegindewey for writing a successul grant that includes me as poet for the project. I look forward to meeting Dennis in person as well as seeing Bill and Beth Johnson again when they drive to Paterson for part of the event. Bill spent many years with Highlights before joining Zaner-Bloser and Beth was an elementary school teacher. If you are familiar with my “Poetry Basket” from Boyds Mills Press, Bill was instrumental in selecting titles and Beth wrote activites for them.
On Monday I’ll be in School 24 where Steve Rodriguez is principal. Jennifer Reynolds is principal of School 26, where I’ll be on Tuesday. Wednesday is School 29 where Carlos Ortiz is principal.
It’s a safe bet that I’ll do my best to entice a few more teachers to join us in the Word of the Month Poetry Challenge!