Students find out that their voice really matters.
Gwyndolyn SavensTeacher, Gateway Science Academy of St. Louis
I actually saw kids in my class writing, just writing their thoughts. I think it had a big impact on them.
Karen BentonTeacher, Our Redeemer Lutheran School
It's an incredible creative outlet.
Lisa CarnehlTeacher, Salem Lutheran School
Once they taste that success in one avenue, they want to find out what's the next challenge they can take on.
Maggie KlonskyTeacher, Marian Middle School
It's not too good to be true!
Michelle OyolaTeacher, South City Preparatory Academy School
It feels great that you can write down how you feel.
DariusStudent, Stevens Center for Academic Development
Coming here and reading your poem in front of all these people, lets you know that you're doing something right.
IsabelleStudent, Westgate Christian Academy School
It just made poetry easier for me.
TanveerStudent, Oakdale Middle School
The contest brought a lot of excitement and enthusiasm to our students, particularly for writing. And it's always a struggle to get middle school students to want to write.
Cathy CassyCurriculum Supervisor, Grades 6-12th Communication Arts St. Louis Public School District
As we sat in the audience, we could feel the words and the emotions touch us personally. That takes a special talent.
Lewis ReedPresident of the Board of Aldermen, St. Louis, MO