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River of Words
September 9, 2010

As a teacher and administrator, I find River of Words to be the very best program/contest for elementary school students. It is really the only one I emphasize every year at our school with teachers and kids. It is so important for children to understand their connection to the natural environment because it encourages responsibility, stewardship, and certainly learning. Children naturally seek to know how they fit in to the world. How they belong. Understanding one's watershed and then expressing this understanding and relationship in words and visual arts has brought out some truly amazing and outstanding products. This program has opened the door of poetry to some very unlikely students. We had one National Poetry Winner from our school, a State Art Winner, as well as other students recognized. I always display every entry in our school so all of the participants are recognized. This program is a perfect vehicle for integrating so much of the curriculum...science, art, writing, environmental studies, social studies, and even math!

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witnessing an incredible interest in writing poetry among so many students. It has also been a vehicle for integrating curricula and focusing on environmental stewardship schoolwide.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Professional with expertise in this field & I was a teacher and curriculum support administrator.