Hebron Elementary School students wrap up another school year
By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Hebron - posted Tue., Jun. 18, 2013
For Jennifer King’s fourth-grade classroom at Hebron Elementary School, the end-of-year wrap-up included a poetry reading on June 17. Parents were invited into the classroom to hear their children read selections from a poetry journal to which they had been contributing all year long.
“For me, the end of the school year is very bittersweet,” said King, as she introduced the formal portion of the program. King spoke of more time to spend with family, and leisurely summer days offering time for relaxation. “But I also have to say goodbye to them,” she added, indicating her students, sitting patiently, cross-legged, at the back of the classroom.
All of the students were required to share color poems, explained King - works focused on a single color, inspired by the book, “Hailstones and Halibut Bones,” by Mary O’Neil. The second reading could be a poem of their choice chosen from among a variety of poetry types.
One by one, the students headed to the front of the class, took up a microphone connected to a portable karaoke machine, and read their poetry.
“Snowflakes are little droplets of joy,” read Emma, as she shared her poem, entitled “Snowflake.”
Krystal’s poem about the color pink mentioned “rosy cheeks on a hot day,” sunsets and watermelon.
After the reading, students shared snacks and their poetry journals with their parents and other special guests. Bethany’s poem about the transition from school to summer was especially appropriate for the occasion. “Hello staying up late; Goodbye going to bed early,” it began. “Hello ice cream trucks; Goodbye noisy school buses.”
Asked whether they were looking forward to the end of school, the students’ responses were unanimous. “I’m happy it’s almost summer,” said Krystal.
Bethany, Tommy and Rebekah agreed that they were looking forward to vacation. “But the year did go by fast,” conceded Tommy.