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BOE President Shares Love of Poetry with Bradford Kindergarteners

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Jessica de Koninck reads to Ellen Cahill's Kindergarten class and then students read their own works

Montclair Board of Education president Jessica de Koninck stopped by Bradford Elementary School to share her love of poetry with Ellen Cahill’s Kindergarten class, who recently finished a lesson on poetry.

“I’m a poet,” said de Koninck as she introduced herself to the students. “Sometimes poems rhyme and sometimes they don’t. Anyone can be a poet. You can write about anything you want.”

De Koninck read her own poem “Edge of the Nest,” that she wrote when her daughter (who recently had a baby of her own) was in in high school. She also read the first stanza of “Jabberwocky,” a “nonsense” poem by Lewis Carroll.

The Kindergarteners stepped up to the mic and read their creations out loud with topics ranging from pancakes to rain to spring and bubbles.

Updated: 8/18/2018