Local poets honored

Local students were honored at the winner’s ceremony of the 2012 Deputy Superintendent’s Published Poets Contest this summer.

Taylor T., a second-grader at Spring Park Elementary School, and Dwight J., an eighth-grader at Alfred I. duPont Middle School, were among 12 students selected as winners.

The contest, which encourages students to both read and write poetry, was created in an effort to celebrate “National Poetry Month.” Each participating school submitted a winning entry from among the entries received at the school level that best represented the theme and creative expression. This year’s theme was “Reading Takes Me.”

“It is extremely rewarding to see such talent and creativity expound from our students,” said DCPS’ Deputy Superintendent Patricia Willis. “It is important that we teach students that expressive writing such as poetry is key to developing great literacy skills.”

The winning poems will be published in a book to be housed in the libraries of Duval County public schools and Jacksonville Public Library locations.

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