Expressions of Kindness Poetry Project
Scholars present their work at the Civic
Hundreds of scholars, teachers, parents and community guests gathered last night at the Akron Civic Theatre to celebrate the Grand Finale of the Expressions of Kindness Poetry Project. The evening began with a captivating poetry recital, where scholars (K-12) shared their original and thought-provoking creative verses.
“We are empowering scholar voice,” said Supt. Dr. Michael Robinson as he looked on enjoying seeing the audience connect with the poetry and music performed by dozens of children from across the district.
The district’s Joanne Isaac produced the evening’s event and said, “The selection of poems reflects the diversity of voices within our schools, touching upon themes of resilience, unity and the power of imagination.” Isaac, who works in the department of communications, lauded the scholars, saying, “It can take a great amount of courage to express oneself in the manner in which these children did tonight. We are immensely proud of them.”
Following the poetic journey, the audience experienced the exclusive world premiere of a heartfelt music video featuring nearly 200 Akron Public Schools scholar-singers from 25 schools across the district. The students delivered an unforgettable performance of the famous We Are the World with a powerful message of kindness.
The event was generously sponsored by Ginny and Tom Knoll and the Knoll Family Fund Promoting Civility and by Acts of Kindness of the Akron Community Foundation. Akron Public Schools wishes to thank Akron Civic Theatre and the Akron Community Foundation, Values in Akron-Kindland and Jason Blakely from Poetry is Life Publishing. Poetry is Life has published a book that is available for purchase at Poetryislifepublishing.com. Half of the proceeds for sales go to the Be Kind 330 initiative in Akron.
Event photo link (from Shane Wynn photos)