Every year, Friends School of Minnesota third and fourth graders host an evening Poetry Café for friends and family. Students present the Writers Workshop poems they spent the fall writing and serve treats to raise money for charity. This year’s Bayou classroom Poetry Café was a big hit!
“ The Poetry Café is my favorite get together of the year. I’m so proud of the kids.” – parent
Everyone – cashiers, waitrons, greeters, emcees and kitchen crew really put their heart into their jobs to make this a fun (and tasty) experience for all.
“ I want to be a waitron next year because it looks fun.” – third grader
“I LOVED it. It got really busy but we knew what to do. We had nachos ready to go!” – fourth grader
The students had been working on their poetry for a month: writing, revising, writing some more. They had practiced reading their selected piece many times and were ready to read to an audience of their parents, friends and siblings. There was nervousness in the hallway as the students waited to read their poems and intense relief as they came back through the curtain when finished. We were taking a lot of deep breaths together!
“I was so nervous, I couldn’t breathe and then it was done.” fourth grader
Many thanks to our wonderful emcee team who set the tone before each poem and kept us chuckling.
The next day, we counted the money and determined our net take after subtracting the amount we will need to buy supplies for next year’s café. We are currently trying to decide to whom to donate the money we raised and many excellent causes have been suggested. We will use discussion and thoughtful listening to make this decision.
“Maybe we can take the money and split it up between a couple of the groups. “ – fourth grader
You did an excellent job, Bayou students!