Poetic Power

A Creative Communication blog

Contests Create Life Long Learners

on January 23, 2012

One of our goals as a company is to make a difference in the world.  To see if our contests and books can help motivate students and create life long learners.  This week I received two emails that I want to share.

From our writing contest:

“I am a literature teacher in Kentucky. Last year my 9 and 10th grade class entered the contest. Some of the students seemed to have no interest at all in poetry; others were just going through the rigmarole of class and tolerating our attempt. With the help of your teacher’s aids I was able to introduce poetry to these students. Several of our student’s received a request to publish their poem. One of our female students who had never written a poem in her life was chosen. Thank you so much! It was wonderful to see these kids come alive and embrace their inner poet. Keep up the marvelous work.”

From our art contest:

“One of my eighth grade students parents from last year had called just before Christmas. She asked me what she needed to get for her daughter to keep painting because she was so inspired and motivated by getting published last year.”

Our contest may be a one-time event, but when we can create a spark that then develops a flame that inspires students to develop into writers or artists, we have made a difference in the world.  I always tell teachers that this is their contest, that we are just here to make it all happen.  I am glad that we can work together.  Keep up the good work.


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