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Elementary School Students Discover Humor in Poetry

Kindergarten- through fifth-grade students at Bronxville Elementary School shared laughs and explored the wonderful world of rhyme when they welcomed poet Ted Scheu to their school on March 21.

During his visit, Scheu shared how he drew inspiration from his own childhood experiences and came up with ideas for his poems from observations. He also discussed the writing and revision process and demonstrated the power of descriptive verbs. During each of the four assemblies, which were tailored to be unique to each grade level, Scheu recited several of his poems on stage and invited the students to write a poem with him.

“Scheu, who was whimsical and humorous in his delivery, mesmerized the students with his open-ended approach to literacy,” said teacher Kendall Fousek, who co-organized his visit along with teacher Dianne Aronson. “His visit sparked the students’ imagination as he led them on a journey to discover their authentic voices and chronicle their own history through poetry.”

The poet’s visit was made possible through the Lecture Series, which provides students with educational and arts experiences that enrich the K-5 curriculum. Chaired by Aronson and Fousek, the Lecture Series programs are entirely funded by the generous support of parents and made possible through the volunteer efforts of Bronxville faculty members.

In addition, the program tied into the school’s Be3 initiative – which teaches students how to be safe, responsible and respectful to one another outside of their classrooms – as Scheu read a poem about giving and receiving compliments and illustrated the value of expressing one’s gratitude.

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