PVPV/Rawlings students host ‘Poetry Café’


Third grade students at PVPV/Rawlings had an opportunity to share their original poetry before the end of the school year, when the classrooms of teachers Ileana Yarbrough and Mary Beliles participated in a “Poetry Café.”

Funded by a grant from the Ponte Vedra Public Education Foundation, the Poetry Café project used poetry as a way to focus on reading, writing, dramatics and public speaking. Students participated in reading and writing workshops, then created poetry books featuring their original poems as well as favorite poems they studied.

The activity culminated with the Poetry Café, when students donned berets and sunglasses and dressed in black in a nod to the 1950s Beatnik culture and shared their poetry books with parents, family members and the school community.