Shore Road Students are Tops in Distinguished Poetry Competition

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Linda Lebowitz’s Shore Road sixth-grade class was named Grand Champion in the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association’s 32nd annual Poetry Contest for their class anthology “Musical Popcorn Eat Poems Pop By Pop.” In addition, Samantha Goldberg was the individual poem category winner for her work, “Even Popcorn Goes to Heaven.” The students have been invited to the Walt Whitman Birthplace in Huntington on June 3 to receive their awards, officiated by WWBA 2018 Poet in Residence Vijay Seshadri. 

Ms. Lebowitz explained that the students were inspired by reading Gary Golio’s “Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow: A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix,” that described how the musician would hear music in the movements around him. 

Ms. Lebowitz then instructed the students to write the poems included in the anthology while they were listening to the sound of popcorn popping. When writing their poems, the students tried to write like they were Jimi, experiencing popcorn like a rainbow.