above: Preschool getting ready for Poem in Your Pocket Day on Tuesday
This is the final week of National Poetry Month, and Thursday was Poem in Your Pocket Day.
above: Students took to the Gator Path and ambushed each other with pop-up poetry recitals
Second grade was poetry month headquarters (as usual), but the whole school was drawn into the fun. As usual.
above: Fourth grade House Colt planted poetry-filled flowers for their first grade buddies to discover.
Classes found dozens of ways to celebrate.
above: Students covered pants with poems of their own, and some selected favorites
Much of the fun - and much of learning - was in the preparation.
above: On Thursday morning, the pants hung in front of the school, with their pockets stuffed with poems.
Hundreds of poems were handed out at drop-off, on small, bright slips of paper.
above: As students filled their own pockets with poems, some started using customized poetry satchels
Students collected, read, and traded verses, and the morning became a literary trick-or-treat
above: third grade "poet-trees" blurred the boundary between written and visual art (and between poetic wordplay and terrible pun)
The celebration lasted throughout the day...
above: a few of the dozens of poems used for the day
...and students will be finding the fallout - tucked into pockets, notebooks, cubbies and coats - for weeks and months to come.