Poetry is powerful. It helps us celebrate. It helps us grieve. It helps us make sense of the world at times like this, when every aspect of our everyday lives has changed. Now, more than ever, young students need poetry to help them process the changes that COVID-19 has wrought upon their social and emotional worlds.
We can do it. In 2019-2020, our writers taught creative writing to more than 2,000 students in 34 schools. Students wrote odes, letter poems, and poems about memory and place, whether they were in a two-room schoolhouse in Ovando, a sleek new school in Missoula, or an elementary school perched under the Mission Mountains on the Flathead Reservation of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.
When schools shut down in March, we continued our work by providing poetry in online videos, school packets or on our Facebook page. In all these venues and with the world as their material, we teach kids to love to write.
Help us continue this vital work during Missoula Gives on April 30 and May 1, 2020.
On April 30 at 5p.m., the 26-hour MissoulaGives campaign begins here.