Students Take a Pause for Writing and Listening to Poetry

Students at St. John the Baptist School in Vermillion celebrated their month-long study of writing and reading poetry with their annual Poetry Pause event. Returning guest to the afternoon assembly was Twin Cities children's author and poet Jessica Freeburg. Freeburg spent time at the all-school gathering with parents and guests to talk about her journey of discovering her love of writing and drawing. She also shared some of her published poems with the students and inspired them to keep writing. Every child in grades kindergarten through 5th grade read a poem to the group and many shared original poems they had written. Freeburg's written work has appeared in a variety of magazines, including Children's Playmate, Humpty Dumpty, Focus on the Family, and Thriving Family Magazine. She also enjoys doodling and playing with paint. Her illustrations have appeared in Cygnet and My Light Magazine. Though her first passion is writing for younger audiences, she has recently completed a young adult novel and is currently co-writing screenplays. She also serves as the Assistant Regional Advisor for the Minnesota Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She works her writing schedule around her three children's naps, dance lessons and sporting events.

Twin Cities author and illustrator Jessica Freeburg takes time to inspire budding writers, poets and illustrators at St. John the Baptist School in Vermillion at their recent Poetry Pause event.

Sister Navya's fourth graders Allie Dunkel, Jakub Youngstrom, Isabel Morfin-Brashier and Riley Biermaier present a poem as a group to the all-school assembly.

First graders Kody Niederkorn and Tyler Kuhn read a favorite poem to the audience gathered for the annual Poetry Pause event.

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