In the 2015-2016 school year, 2nd Graders at Concord International Elementary School worked with Jack Straw teaching artist Vicky Edmonds to write original poems. Ms. Mariela’s class wrote Salmon poems. Mr. Rick’s students wrote apology and friendship poems. Students then worked with musicians Levi Fuller and Tai Shan to perform and record songs based on the poems they wrote during their Jack Straw residency. They also sang the songs at the school wide Salmon Assembly.
Vicky Edmonds also worked with Concord 4th graders in Mr. Aguiling, Ms. Klaassen, and Ms. Pita’s classes. She helped them write poems on many topics, including family, personal feelings and emotions, and nature. Vocal coaches Alyssa Keene, Meg McLynn, and Andy McGinn helped each of them record the best possible performance of their poem. Jack Straw audio engineers Daniel Guenther, CJ Lazenby and Tom Stiles recorded the poems, with the assistance of Ayesha Ubayatilaka.
Listen to the songs and poems here:
Concord Poetry and Song 2016 was produced by Jack Straw Cultural Center and Concord International Elementary School with the generous support of the Concord PTA, Jubilation Foundation, the Washington State Arts Commission, and individual contributors.