Four Tilton First Graders Win Northern Essex Peace-Themed Poetry Contest

Tilton Elementary School (Jay Saulnier file photograph for WHAV News.)

Paws up for peace at Haverhill’s Tilton School! Four first grade students at the city elementary school have been chosen as winners in the 11th annual Northern Essex Community College peace-themed poetry contest, Principal Bonnie Antkowiak tells WHAV.

As part of classroom instruction by teacher Beth Perry, students learned about the different elements of a poem over the last several months. In addition to contributing different pieces to a weekly poetry book, students all submitted entries to the poetry contest sponsored by Northern Essex, Perry said.

“This contest was a great way for them to show what they know as young poets beyond their own classroom doors,” Perry told WHAV. “My Tilton Tigers were so excited to hear that four of their classmates were recognized, but also the letter we received thanked all my poets for their entry which made it special for all.”

Selena Almeida, Jake Arsenault, Bella Leung and Abdel LeBron will all attend a poetry reading on Friday, May 3 from 6-8 p.m. with other contest winners to celebrate their accomplishment. At the ceremony, students will read their winning poem for guests and receive a keepsake copy of the peace-themed book with all winning poems, Perry said.

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