On Friday, class 802 from JHS 113 in East Harlem, were surprised to find an ecopy of their newly published book of autobiographical poetry Where 802 is From up on the smartboard. The surprise book party, complete with cookies and juice, was a great time for all; the students took some time browsing through the copy on our website, but were most excited to have physical books with the poems they so carefully crafted.
The authors each took a turn getting up and reading their pieces, “I am from” poems inspired by George Ella Lyon’s version which author/poet Tony Medina introduced during his workshop. A math teacher said she was so inspired by the students’ poetry that she grabbed a napkin and wrote her own “I am from” poem on the spot!
Congratulations again to class 802 on publishing their first book!