Talent, hard work and dedication are three essential elements to becoming a great writer. For nine Academically and Intellectually Gifted students at Nashville Elementary School , possessing those elements have helped them become published authors.
Fourth-graders Phoebe Atkins, Kylie Grace Billups, Taylor Godwin, Saran Knight, Jimmy Porter, Cannon Puckett, Sam Warren and Lily Grace Wells along with third-grader Isaac Lewis, each have been selected to have their poems published in Creative Communication’s poetry anthology, “A Celebration of Poets.”
Janet Pridgen, AIG facilitator at Nashville Elementary, commended the students on their work ethic and achievement.
“These students spent a month reading and writing poetry,” she said. “As a culminating project they had to write different types of poems for the Poetry Café Menu. It took a lot of hard work on their part to complete this project, but they stuck with it, were dedicated to seeing it through and in the end, they exceeded expectations.”
Creative Communication holds poetry and essay contests three times a year for students in kindergarten through high school, receiving thousands of entries from across the country – but only inviting select poems to be published in their anthology. Invited authors are notified by mail with a postcard from Creative Communications.
“These students were so excited to receive the acceptance cards,” Pridgen said. “They realized how much their hard work paid off when they made it into the anthology.”