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Bob Holman & Margery Snyder

Share the Gifts of Poetry with the Next Generation

By December 5, 2013

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Poetry is meant to be shared—though it may be written in solitude and silence, it is a communicative art. For many of us, our first introduction to poetry came in the voice of a parent, singing traditional nursery rhymes, or a teacher, reading from a book of poems for children in the classroom. Times are hard, though—educational funding has been cut back so severely in many places that the arts have nearly disappeared from classrooms, and teachers are forced to buy their own teaching supplies, even the essential necessities. If you love poetry and want to share it with the world, we suggest you turn some of your holiday gift-giving this year to that end: go to Donorschoose.org, where individual teachers can post their needs for classroom projects and individual donors can contribute to funding them, and browse through the poetry projects seeking funding.

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