Every year, a group of seniors work with students in preschool through eighth grade to teach them a lesson or two in preparation for the Visiting Author. Application to the Senior Scholar program is open to all seniors; they are required to submit a paragraph stating their interest in the program and to provide a lesson plan. The twelve Senior Scholars this year are: Julia, Charlotte, Rachel, Sixian, Mira, Rebekah, Emily, Emma, Sophia, Annie, Ann, and Gillian. Sixian already completed her classroom visit and shared her thoughts on the experience below:
"When I read out loud Sarah Kay's poem to the third graders, there was instantly an inspiring energy spreading all over the room. All of the young students, including myself, were fascinated by the vivd image out of her narrative language. After the reading session, I asked the third graders to write a poem. It was the first time for most young students to create their own pieces, but they indeed surprised me by so many interesting and amazing poems. At that moment, I truly felt the power poems can possibly give out. Not only is there a cheerful and exciting mood that words deliver, but they inspire everyone to speak out their own stories. We enjoyed the delightful moment when everyone was sitting there, either loudly sharing their stories or quietly listening."
The girls kicked off their program on Friday morning with a "10 Things I Know to Be True" activity based on Sarah Kay's work. Sarah Kay is a poet, performer, and viral TED talk speaker who will be joining us for the day on Thursday, February 14. The public is invited to her talk at 1:30 PM In Cor Unum. Click here to reserve your seat.