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Poetry Cafe Spreads Message of Empathy, Kindness

Meramec Elementary fourth-graders hosted a Poetry Cafe for their parents and teachers on Thursday, March 7, to present the social justice poem ebooks they created using their skills related to the 6Cs: 21st century learning, creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, communication, citizenship and character.


The project, which was funded through a grant from the Clayton Education Foundation, provided students with access to Book Creator for Chrome, an online tool that allows students to combine text, images, audio and video to create multimedia ebooks of their writing. Students used this tool to turn their poetry, written on student-selected social justice topics, into an ebook that expressed the need for empathy and kindness toward all. During their Poetry Cafe, the students spread this message while sharing their ebooks with their parents, teachers and classmates.