Yesterday morning I was dropping off my youngest lad and snapped a few pictures of the school. As usual, I quickly penned a quick rhyme, figured out the Twitter handle of the school and hit tweet. Later that morning, my tweet kept on coming back into my mind and I said to myself, “Self, you know you really should contact the principal of the school and propose a poetry contest for National Poetry Month, with the poem title being ‘I Love My School.'”
After a few nanoseconds of hesitation, I typed up an email and fired off to the principal. I explained that while she knows me in my non-anonymous life, in my anonymous life as The Product Poet she most likely does not. I explained the concept to her via email of having a two-week contest that would start today and end on April 28th. On April 30th, the last day of National Poetry Writing Month. I explained that I would pick up the cost of some school swag (i.e., clothes, sweatshirts, etc.) and we could give those away to the top three poems from the students that best captured why they love their school.
I’m sure once she received my email, she was like, “Who is this person?” But I included links to my social media profiles and explained something very simple, I am a parent of a student at her school and for me sharing the gift of poetry is something I do each and everyday. Poetry may be dead to most, but it courses through my veins on a daily basis. In fact, often times I dream in rhymes or haiku.
So then it hit me today after I yet again dropped off my lad for school. What if I did something a little more meaningful than just for my lad’s school. What if I opened it up for other students around the United States to submit their poetry. Could I start a Go Fund Me campaign or Kickstarter campaign where I would be able to publish the poems of these students? I’m not sure yet, but more importantly it is about getting students to write poetry, whether good or bad, just to write something down on a piece of paper. Hopefully you can encourage your son or daughter to write a poem and submit their poem below.
While I don’t have a lot of disposable income, I also wanted to give back something to these schools and their parent teacher organizations. I know it’s not a lot, but there are three prizes for this student poetry contest:
- First place: $300.00 U.S. Dollars for the Parent Teacher Organization (in the event of a public school) and directly to the school if a 501(c)3 private school.
- Second place: $200.00 U.S. Dollars for the Parent Teacher Organization (in the event of a public school) and directly to the school if a 501(c)3 private school.
- Third place: $100.00 U.S. Dollars for the Parent Teacher Organization (in the event of a public school) and directly to the school if a 501(c)3 private school.
Depending on the number of submissions received, I would hope to be able to put all of these expected great poems into a poetry book, for the words of our children can last a lifetime.
To submit your poem, here is all that you have to do:
Now my lawyers make me put in all of the rules of this contest, so they are here.