GSEAP Co-sponsors “Poetry for Peace,” A Writing Celebration for Local School Children

Submitted by Nina M. Riccio on March 4, 2011

Despite a daylong ice storm that closed all area schools, the University’s Kelley Center was a beehive of activity on Jan. 18, as children, their parents and teachers, along with University students, gathered to celebrate the culmination of the Poetry for Peace contest.

Open to all Bridgeport and Fairfield school children through grade 8, the Poetry for Peace contest has quickly become one of the most cherished traditions of the University’s Martin Luther King Jr. weeklong series of events. Last year, the contest garnered 700 entries; this year, there were over 1100 entrants, all writing a poem on peace – however they define, experience, or envision it.

It’s community outreach at its very best, a program coordinated by Fairfield faculty, with input from Fairfield students in various disciplines, and lots of effort from area teachers working with their own students.

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