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Nine published poets at Alan Shawn Feinstein

February 4, 2012

Kelton Latour, 12, Elizabeth Kenney, 12, Delaney Ryan, 12, Cara Turner, 11, Lauren Tanner, 12, and Joshua Chopy, 11. Lauren Knight. Kent County Daily Times.

COVENTRY – Nine middle-schoolers at Alan Shawn Feinstein now have the opportunity to boast that they are not only poets, but published poets.

The sixth grade class at Alan Shawn Feinstein was given the opportunity to submit the poems they wrote in school to an annual poetry contest through Creative Communications. In January, the school heard back that nine students were amongst the winners.

“They were thrilled to death,” said English teacher Jen Kilduff of the students. “I told one of the students in the hallway and she said, ‘no, not me,’ because she was so shocked.”

Kilduff explained that the sixth grade class began the poetry unit in October and in the beginning of November, students were writing their own poems for the contest.

“It’s great when the community offers the opportunity for kids to be published and take what they are learning and make it real-world,” said Linda Middleton, an English teacher.

Elizabeth Kenney, 12, explained that, to her, poetry brings a new meaning to what they learn in class.

“I like poetry because I can tell people how I’m feeling, but it also makes you think about all the things that our teachers have taught us. We usually have a Word of the Week and you kind of want to incorporate that into what you’re doing,” said Elizabeth.

The full story can be found in Monday's edition of the Times.

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