Morton sixth graders add impressive title to resumes: “Published Poets”

Some Morton sixth graders have a new title these days, “published poets.”

To celebrate, students at Jefferson Elementary took turns reading their work to the class.

After studying the elements of poetry and writing a collection of poems, each student chose their best one to submit. It was then published, thanks to a school neighbor named Judith Dubin, a retired Caterpillar employee who footed the bill.

The students’ teacher expressed her gratitude to Dubin, and shared what a great learning experience it’s provided for the class.

“I hope the kids gain self-confidence and realize they are poets and they’re able to read and write poetry no matter what age they are,” explained teacher Summer Geist.

Tripp Rugaard, 6th Grader

“It’s really cool because people come up and say, “I saw you in that book,’ and you’re like, “Yeah, it was really fun.’” shared sixth grader Tripp Rugaard.

“I think it’s really exciting because people get to see how hard we worked, and I think that’s nice,” added classmate Riley Gashaw.

Riley Gashaw. 6th Grader

This is the second year sixth graders at Jefferson have published a book of poetry. They say they were inspired by their own lives, hobbies, and other authors.

Molly Jirasek

Molly Jirasek

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