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Poets are Everywhere, Including the Radio Poets on KALW

Posted by on Apr 12, 2019 in ACE Learning Center, ACE School Report, Continuing Education | 0 comments

By Riley, ACE Poetry Contest Mascot, Alpha Public Schools

Waiting for some “curiosity sprinkles” treats. Arf!

In this month of April, poets are everywhere. Teachers at the ACE Learning Center schools are teaching different types of poetry and students are rhyming and rapping poetic words and phrases.

But if you’re not a student at one of the schools participating in the ACE Poetry Contest, there is one great place to enjoy poetry written by Bay Area students. It’s KALW, home of the Audio Academy, which is another ACE Learning Center.

Every National Poetry Month, KALW partners with the San Francisco Unified School District and America SCORES Bay Area to create Radio Poets.  These students get to read their poem, some music is added and then it is played on the radio. Arf! How cool is that?

Production and editing help for the Radio Poets is from Kevin Vance. Kevin is an announcer at KALW, but he really likes words in all forms – music (I hear folk music is his favorite), books, even computer words. I guess poetry comes in all forms – even ones and zeros.

Check out the KALW Radio Poets and discover how “riding on tigers seeing the beautiful view” can cause “crazy antics.” But “add curiosity sprinkles” and all is good.

Don’t forget, April 18 is Poem in Your Pocket Day.

As I say, every day you should treat yourself to a poem. But today, add curiosity sprinkles. Wow. Curiosity sprinkles treats for me. You hear that John Glover? Bet my friend Lucy would want me to have treats. Arf!

Thor, Oxford Day Academy’s ACE Poetry Contest Mascot, Hammer-Wields Poetry with Puppy-Love

Posted by on Apr 9, 2019 in ACE Learning Center, ACE Partners, Continuing Education | 0 comments

By Thor, ACE Poetry Contest Mascot, Oxford Day Academy

It’s me, Thor, teaching a student the Poetry Walk.

I love poetry. That’s why I’m an ACE Poetry Contest Mascot. I love the thunder of poems, the strength of their message or story, how they can hammer home a strong emotion and make it strike like lightening.

I also love my Mascot cohorts – Riley, Hei Hei and Samosa. As a team, we are the Superheros of poetry. Poetry is our Superpower. From doggerel (Riley’s favorite) to Haiku (Hei Hei’s favorite) to. . . well. . . Samosa won’t tell her favorite because she’s a cat and they don’t have to tell anything, but she is a good rhymer. And my favorite is epic, cause I’m an epic character. And I tend to go on and on…

So, let’s continue with this month of poetry.

Students – your job is to learn about poetry and write a poem to submit to your school’s or ACE Learning Center’s contest.

Mascots – your job is to encourage the love of poetry and show off by writing some. Here’s mine.

LO, praise the prowess of poet-kings
of spear-armed students, in class long sped,
we soon will hear what honor the poets won!*

And don’t forget, April 18 is Poem in Your Pocket Day. Riley likes poems in pockets, along with treats. Guess all the Mascots do.

*Okay, it’s a takeoff from Beowulf, but what an epic poem.

The Poetry Slam Begins – ACE Poetry Contest Mascot, Riley, Welcomes Hei Hei, SFIHS’ Poetry Contest Mascot

Posted by on Apr 4, 2019 in ACE Learning Center, ACE School Report, Continuing Education | 0 comments

By Riley, ACE Poetry Contest Mascot, Alpha Public Schools

Hey Hei Hei!
Hope you’re enjoying your day!
Here’s a little rhyme
To help you pass the time

My name is Riley
I’m usually calm and smiley
My best friend is named Lucy
Whose just the cutest beauty

I love walks in the park
And I don’t usually bark
I hope to meet you one day
Welcome to the team Hei Hei!