Thank you for coming to my place today. I have been graced with much needed reminders of beauty and positive vibes like this on the way to work:
Today I am jumping the gun on Veteran’s Day as my students have been creating cards through poetry to give to veteran’s who will dine at Applebee’s on November 11. As always I am deeply moved by what students write. I shared a students work with her dad; he couldn’t believe what she wrote and asked for a copy. In addition some students will be sharing at the Veteran’s Day assembly.
A veteran is someone who loves
A veteran is cares
A veteran is someone who stands tall
A veteran is a warrior
A veteran is someone who is kind
A veteran is as strong as a bear
Thank you for your loyalty
~Mellisa, 4th grade
A veteran is someone who is a hero of war
A veteran is a person that fights for are country
A veteran is someone who is a hero
A veteran is a hero of our country
A veteran is someone who is a brave and careful person
A veteran is a person that loves his family
Thank you for your help to our country and land of the free
~Braylen, 4th grade
Veterans are heroes
Exstatic about helping our country
Trained to their limit
Roving through battlefields unsure of tomorrow
Amazing things done by amazing humans
No limit of bravery
Sustained to fight for liberty and justice
Declaration of independence is safe for another day
All of this because of you
You are a real hero
~Willow, 5th grade
I am posting more each day between today and Veteran’s Day.
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Great! Loved these poem. Thanks for sharing them early!
Hi Jone. Thanks for hosting this week. Iphigene is up today with an original poem at GatheringBooks for her birthday. Here is the link as your linky does ‘t seem to be working: http://gatheringbooks.org/2015/10/30/poetry-friday-in-celebration-of-life/
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Beautiful tribute poems, Jone. I remember my own kids’ Veteran’s Day programs in 4th grade– tissues were a must. Thanks for hosting PF today!
Thanks for hosting, and especially for sharing your students’ patriotic poems! What a nice touch for the Nov. 11 appreciation lunch. Am sure both the student-poets and the veteran-readers will be heartened by their shared experience. (Too bad all the students can’t be at Applebee’s to see the vets’ reactions, firsthand. Bet they all wish they could be!) Peace! (Literally!) God bless you and your students!
These are wonderful, Jone. When kids have a real world audience, they are so inspired…
Wonderful that your students are writing for the Veterans, Jone. These are lovely. Thanks for hosting today!
Hi, Jone. Thank you to your students for sharing their wonderful poems. I especially liked Willow’s line: “Roving through battlefields unsure of tomorrow.”
Braylen and Willow wrote terrific tributes–how wonderful that your students are sharing their poems with veterans!
I always enjoy reading students’ poems, and I especially appreciate the acrostic. Today at Teaching Authors, I continue our series on the Internet and add a tanka of frustration: http://www.teachingauthors.com/2015/10/internet-wonders-and-woes.html
Great poems, Jone. I love Braylen’s take on what a Veteran is – “a brave and careful person”. Thanks for hosting PF today! =)
Thanks so much for sharing these poems, Jone. They are wonderful. I’m sure they will make an impact in the Veteran’s Day assembly.
Thanks, too, for hosting 😀
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Thank you so much for hosting Poetry Friday today, Jone! And thank you for sharing these wonderful poems!
Thank you for hosting, Jone, and for reminding us to honor our veterans. My post today highlights the Day of the Dead and features Rene Saldana’s poem from the PFA for Celebrations here: http://poetryforchildren.blogspot.com/2015/10/celebrating-day-of-dead.html
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Jone, thank you for being the Poetry Friday Round-up hostess and for sharing the student work. The children’s thoughts were touching. Giving them a real audience allows for a win-win situation. The children’s voices are heard and the community receives a message about the sacrifices of those who serve. Perhaps you and your students would like to send in offering to Autumn’s Palette Gallery.
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Thanks for sharing these poems here. Great idea to share poems with the veterans at Applebee’s, too.
Thanks for hosting today. Happy Halloween!
So nice to see such heartfelt poems from those so young! Thanks for sharing, Jone.
These poems will mean a lot to those who receive them. Some things are just best said as poetry, and your students illustrate this here. They’re lucky to have you. Thank you for hosting today!
So much heart here, Jone. Appreciations to you, the students & to our Veterans. My dear Dad was a drill sgt. in WW II. XOX
I’m a little late today, we had a pre-opening staff meeting and then I stayed an hour later than usual. I could use a good dose of poetry and the kids’ poems have done the trick!
At Random Noodling I have my poem “Voting” from the PFA for Celebrations, and at Kurious Kitty you’ll find “Alley Cat Love Song” by Dana Gioia.
How wonderful that your students are writing poetry for veterans! Their words are so heartfelt. Thanks for rounding us up! I have had a lovely and productive vacation day!!
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Hi Jone, My contribution is still stuck in Halloween, coming in with Squashed Sonnet. I’ve been writing it for DAYS!! But it’s finally done, or at least I’m out of time. I love your kids poems. Great work!
What a beautiful, meaningful idea, Jone. Important for the kids, as much as the Veterans. They did a great job with their poems.
My post this week is sharing some illos (and photos that inspired them) from my rhyming PB, ‘This is the Mud!’ published in 2009. I’m sharing today, because the fabulous illustrator, Warren Crossett just won a huge portraiture competition this week. Excited for him!
At a time when there is often more attention paid to the self than to others, having kids focus on, and say “thank you” for, the sacrifices of veterans, whose efforts gave them the freedom to be themselves, is especially important. You’ve reminded me of one of my fondest memories before retiring from fulltime teaching – working on veteran outreach projects with the children.
Veterans are indeed “extraordinary people” and they will treasure your students’ wonderful poems. Thank you for sharing them, and for hosting today!