AmeriCorps member helps young students get poems published in national book

by Jared Paben

"When my poem was published in 7th grade, it gave me a lot of confidence. I hope that the confidence that I had will be the same confidence that they will have."

AmeriCorps member helps young students get poems published in national book

AmeriCorps member Katie C. helped four young students get their poems published in a national book, and she hopes it will give them the same confidence she gained when she got a poem published in the same book when she was in 7th grade.

Katie serves as a School to Club Liaison at the Boys and Girls Club of the Umpqua Valley in Roseburg. She is serving through the United Communities AmeriCorps program. Her project is to work with children at their school and at the Club to help support them in being successful in school. She primarily works with elementary-aged children.

Here is her story of service:

Back in October there was a poetry contest that I gave my students the opportunity to participate in entitled "Anthology of Poetry by Young Americans." If a student’s work is selected, it is published in a book of poetry written by students in grades K-12 from all over the country. I had four students submit poems. Two of these students did not need any help in writing their poems. One girl needed a little bit of guidance and one boy who is in first grade needed an educational lesson on what a poem was. I worked with this boy for a while and this is how his poem turned out:

Soccer is a sport I like to play.
The time of soccer is in May.
I like to learn.
I like to play.

He knew that he wanted to write about soccer, so we made a list of words that rhymed with the words that he wanted to use. He did a great job staying focused and coming up with words.

I received word this month that all four of these students will have their work published in this year’s edition of the book. I was very excited because when I was in 7th grade I had my poem published in the same book. I am looking forward to when the books are published and I can hand them their copy of the book and show them their poem with their name in it. When my poem was published in 7th grade, it gave me a lot of confidence. I hope that the confidence that I had will be the same confidence that they will have.

Posted on May 12, 2014 in AmeriCorps.