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A poetic celebration

Krystle Wagner • Feb 13, 2016 at 8:00 AM

(WITH VIDEO) SPRING LAKE — After weeks of learning about several types of poetry, Kristen Christoffersen’s classroom was transformed Friday afternoon into a dimmed room lit with soft white lights.

One by one, her St. Mary’s Catholic School students wearing nearly all black shared original poems and a favorite poem by another author. Guests sipped coffee and hot chocolate as the fourth-graders recited their poems.

It was standing room only as parents and grandparents filled tables arranged around the room.

Fourth-grader Will Raha recited a poem titled “Batman.” Raha, 10, said it was inspired by his interest in the comic book character of the same name.

Instead of clapping, the crowd snapped their fingers.

Fourth-grader Delaney Johnson said it was “kinda’ cool” being part of the first-time event.

Johnson, 9, said her favorite poem is creative illustration, which she explained involves adding “ian” to a word. For instance, her poem turned “snowman” into “snowmanian.”

Although the students spent weeks learning about poetry, Johnson said it was worth it because it was fun and it opens the door to possibilities in the future.

“You could grow up to be a writer,” she said.

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