Third-graders at Locust Valley Intermediate School earned the grand prize in the Walt Whitman 29th annual Poetry Contest, competing against 4,000 entries.  The poetry anthology submitted to the contest from Shari Zindman’s class earned the award for creating poems in the voice of the elements, earth, wind, water and fire. Students’ poems were put together as an anthology for the contest, and Zindman’s class won for the 24th year. 

Based on Walt Whitman’s poem “The Voice of Rain,” students were instructed to write from the perspective of any form of the elements. Some students chose to write as the voice of a mountain, lake or wind. They used poetic elements including similes, metaphors and alliterations. The project showcased the skills that have been acquired through the third-grade curriculum and offered participants the opportunity to show off their creativity.

Mrs. Zindman said she is very proud of her students for their success!