April is National Poetry Month, and Heathcote School held its 8th Annual Heathcote Art and Poetry Festival the week of April 24th to celebrate the two arts.
The school-wide exhibit was open to students and parents for three mornings, where artwork and poetry by Heathcote students was displayed in the main hall galleries. Students worked with their classroom teachers to write original poems on all kinds of topics, from their love of cats to their enjoyment of sports. They also wrote complimentary letters to classmates whose work they admired.
Art teacher Erin Cameron also inspired students to create special artwork for the festival, and Dr. Jill Schultz and Heathcote’s orchestra students presented special musical performances during the week. In addition, VIP guest readers read selections of poetry to the school community over the public address system and on Thursday, April 27, students celebrated National Poem in Your Pocket Day by carrying around favorite poems in their pocket, which they read out loud to friends and teachers when asked.