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EJR celebrates Poem in Your Pocket Day with creativity and some laughs

April is National Poetry Month! April 27, in particular, was Poem in Your Pocket Day. Many of our students had a great time writing and sharing their own personal poems.

Two first grade girls sit cross-legged on the floor. The girl on the left reads her poem from a piece of paper to the girl on the left.


EJR first-graders were extra excited to share their poems with each other. They made their very own “pocket,” which hung from a string around each of their necks, and contained their original poems. The students walked around sharing their poems with classmates and then listening to others. Even Principal Elizabeth Halsey-Sproul and Assistant Principal Anthony Muia shared their poems with the students throughout the day.

Four first-grade students smile and hold up their paper pocket, which is on a string around their necks. The pockets have their poems in them.


The practice of writing poetry improves language skills and builds vocabulary. It sparks creativity and creates self-awareness. It can also be therapeutic.


Two boys stand together while the boy on the right reads his poem to the boy on the left.


A class of first graders sitting on the floor hold up their pockets, which they made from paper. In the back are two women also with their pocket.

These first-graders wrote poems about their favorite foods, their pets, friends and parents. They just loved the writing process and especially sharing their poems with their classmates.

Two first-grade students sit on the floor together. The boy on the right is pointing to the paper the girl on the left is reading from.


Poem in Your Pocket Day was initiated in April 2002 by the Office of the Mayor in New York City. In 2008, the Academy of American Poets took the initiative to all 50 United States, encouraging individuals around the country to participate. In 2016, Canada began celebrating Poem in Your Pocket Day.

Pine Bush Central School District
State Route 302, Pine Bush, NY 12566
Phone: (845) 744-2031
Fax: (845) 744-6189
Brian Dunn
Superintendent of Schools
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