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A committed donor, who believes strongly in our mission, has generously offered to match all donations up to $10,000, through August 15th. This summer fundraising campaign will boost our capacity to offer poetry residencies in California schools and classrooms in need during the 2024-25 school year.

Creating poetry together, sharing, being heard & listening respectfully to others can be a powerful step to overcoming loneliness & alienation, and can quickly lead to elevated feelings of belonging and well-being.

"Poetry became “the light that saved me.” Words suddenly took on individual forms and shapes to create visual spectacles beyond what I would see everyday during the few hours every week that our Poet-Teacher, John Oliver Simon, dedicated to our third grade classroom. All the experiences that seemed to stay shut in my mouth now had a way to escape. Unlike other days in class where there always seemed to be an order to things or an expected answer to everything, during time in class with our Poet-Teacher Mr. Simon, answers multiplied by the minute. Eleven years later and as a sophomore in college the memories of those classes still remain."

  - Carmen Jimenez,  All City Council Student Director '14-'15, Oakland Unified School District, Oakland, CA 



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