School Partnership

ForWords Literacy Lab and Helms Middle School

This project is a collection of poetry written by Helms Middle School students in partnership with ForWords master teachers and the eighth grade English teacher. Students wrote original poems based on compelling photographs.

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The poems were then compiled and published by ForWords Literacy Lab. Upon publication, students were invited to read their poems at a public celebration held at Barnes and Noble Booksellers.


Freedom is a hummingbird
dancing to the wind
with its wings flapping rapidly

Freedom is black eyes searching
chasing the sweet smell
of roses in the air.