El Placazo has been very blessed with high quality adult mentors over the last several months, the most recent additions being three Our Lady of the Lake University students who came in every Wednesday afternoon. These lovely ladies are English Education majors at OLLU, so they were practicing their craft by teaching our students some of the finer points of writing and journalism. The highlights, however, were their lessons in poetry. They taught the students about different types of poetry, how to write a good poem, and how to give a powerful reading. They worked for several weeks writing and rehearsing their poems, all leading up to the grand finale: a poetry reading at Guadalupe Street Coffee!!
All of the participants and some parents came out on Wednesday night to have an evening of poetry, fun, and fellowship. It was a great success! Here are some pictures from the event:
The students participated in a group reading on how to annoy your teacher. Hopefully they don't use this knowledge on Cristina!
Serenity getting some last minute pointers from her mentor, Tess
Alexandra and her dad, Rico, reading a poem about her grandma (pictured on Rico's forearm)
Jeremiah G. reciting his poem
Ashley proudly showing off what she wrote
Jeremiah V. and his mom, Dolores, practice her poem called "Toes"
Just another day with El Placazo: poetry reading and picture taking!
Special thanks to Liz, Melissa, and Tess for being such fabulous mentors,
Guadalupe Street Coffee for hosting us,
and our funders and supporters who helped make this event possible!