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Pupil poets recite odes to cool moms and happy Saturdays

Rakhima Urmonjonova is all smiles before reading her poem, an ode to her friends

Excitement was high recently in the kindergarten classrooms of Erin Grin, Nancy Kast and Kerry McKee, as students’ families and friends filed in and sat gingerly on child-size chairs.

“Bottoms on the ground, poets,” Kast advised the eager group of scribes in front of her.

It was the inaugural poetry party in the trio of Wealthy Elementary classrooms, when students got the chance to show off their newly minted descriptive and rhyming skills.

Isaac Ismail was proud to share his poetry book with mom, Nicole

From sharks to soccer to the sky to T. rexes, the readings offered a diverse offering of verse.

Fina wrote: “My mom can be cool/ My mom can be exciting/ My mom can be really happy.”

Sang Caden: “Happy Saturday to me/ Happy Saturday to me/ I get to play soccer/ Happy Saturday to me.”

And from Wesley, an autobiographical acrostic: “Wonderful/ Easy to play with/ Sleeps in/ Likes Pokemon/ Everyone’s friend/ Your special boy.”

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Morgan Jarema
Morgan Jarema
Morgan Jarema is a Grand Rapids native and a product of Grand Rapids Public Schools, including Brookside and West Leonard elementaries, City Middle/High School and Ottawa Hills. She found her tribe in journalism in 1997 and has never wanted to do anything but write. For 15 years she was a freelance journalist for The Grand Rapids Press, covering local schools and government, religion, business, home & garden and lifestyles. She and her husband, John, think even those without kiddos should be invested in their local schools and made to feel a part of them. Read Morgan's full bio or email Morgan.

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