On November 30, 2012, student participants from all three schools first came together at the Muslim Day school, touring the mosque, getting to know more about each other’s faith and traditions, and writing and performing poetry together. On January 30th they will gather at Sacred Heart School, visit the church and learn more about Catholic traditions, and discuss, write and perform poetry about their favorite holidays. On February 27th they will meet at Solomon Schechter Jewish Day School to visit their temple and learn about Jewish traditions. The program will culminate in a community evening, bringing parents, families and communities together on March 6th. We invite the press to join us for any of these unique and powerful programs.
About Poetry Pals
Poetry Pals is a Chicago non-profit that brings together young people—ages 8-12—from diverse and interfaith communities for partnership, expression and friendship through poetry, spoken word, rhythm, music and art. We also serve to build bridges and relationships among participating schools, parents and communities through dialogue, education, performance and outreach.
Poetry Pals creates an environment for children to come together, share their cultural experiences, and write and perform their own poems. The children learn tools to better express themselves and listen with respect to others, and along the way gain appreciation for other cultures and strengthen their own pride and self-esteem. To date, our programs have brought together more than 2,000 students, educators and family members from diverse groups—including Muslim, Christian and Jewish day schools—and we look forward to collaborating with other faith-based and diverse community partners.
In a world where diverse groups tend to segregate, Poetry Pals strives to build bridges and relationships among young people and their communities, understanding that living in a multicultural and multi-faith society can be a source of inspiration rather than conflict.
For More Information
Poetry Pals is always looking for volunteers and we invite you to get involved. To learn more about Poetry Pals, please visit www.poetrypals.org, and read and watch videos of the program in action.