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Words to Inspire at Marymount Academy

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picture attached: Students Jazmin Ayott and Krista Gladu perform their poetry for Poet Tanya Neumeyer (left) and teacher Tammy Jutila (right).

April 15, 2011 - Marymount students in Grades 8, 10 and 12 English classes were given a unique opportunity the week of April 11. Tanya Neumeyer, a Toronto based poet, worked with the students for five days on performance poetry. Neumeyer, a published poet and workshop facilitator, was asked to work with the various classes by teacher Kimberly Fahner, who is herself a renowned published poet. The visit was funded through the Ontario Arts Council and the League of Canadian Poets, and allowed the students to learn how, through a creative process, to write and perform a poem within five days. At the end of the week, the students performed their finished pieces of poetry for Neumeyer as well as their classmates. "It has really been an extremely great week," Neumeyer stated. "All of the students have been keen and curious about the spoken word." Fauhner, who organized the workshops with the various classes was thrilled that the students were exposed to such an experienced poet and was extremely pleased with all of the positive feedback from students and staff. Tammy Jutila, one of Marymount's Grade 8 English teachers whole-heartedly agreed with Fauhner. "It was such a unique experience - one that had a huge impact on the students and encouraged their own creative potential," Jutila said. "Tanya Neumeyer was so patient throughout the whole process and really encouraged the students to find their own personal voice."

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