Encouraging kids to tell their stories through writing and presenting their work in public was the goal for nearly two dozen metro middle school students on Wednesday.
Each of the kids read two original poems they wrote themselves. Two students from each Omaha public middle school were at the Pizza Shoppe in Benson sharing their poems on friendship and conflict. The goal of organizers was to give these aspiring artists more than an appreciation for poetry.
“There's a lot of different poetry slams across town, so we really encourage them to take this farther, said Mary Kelly with Omaha Public Schools. “There's writing camps in the summertime where they can write more of their poems, but a lot of them write and keep books on their poetry and so we encourage them to get out in the community because there's so many ways they can share their poems with others."
Omaha Public Schools hold two of Poetry Slams for students at the Pizza Shoppe at 61st and Maple each year.