The “Poetry Guy” Visits Julian Curtiss School

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Children’s poet Ted Scheu spent several days at Julian Curtiss School. Photo Maria Byrd

Elementary school students at Julian Curtiss (JC) sharpened their poetic pencils when children’s poet Ted Scheu visited the school May 18-22.

Mr. Scheu is a nationally-known children’s writer worked with JC students for three fun and productive days of writing and laughing.

Scheu, who grew up in Old Greenwich,  travels all over the world as a visiting author.  His published works include his own collections—“Getting the Best of Me,” “I Tickled My Teachers,” “I Froze My Mother and Other Seriously Funny Family Poems,” “Now I Know My ZBCs,” and “I Threw My Brother Out,” (all from Young Poets’ Press in Vermont), as well as many popular US anthologies including, “I Invited a Dragon to Dinner” by Philomel, NY (2002), and several anthologies from Meadowbrook Press, MN.

 “My goal in my own writing, and especially in my teaching, is to help kids find their own voices,” Scheu said. “Poetry is the best way I’ve found to get kids revved up about their writing.  Its simple format and easy emotional connections seem to open hearts and get pencils dancing.”

Julian Curtiss Principle Trish McGuire commented, “We were fortunate to have Ted Scheu visit the school.  The energy in the school and the laughter from the classrooms were evidence of how JC students embraced poetry.  “

Julian Curtiss School prides itself on its international and diverse character: 60 Nations, 30 Languages, One Great School.

Ted Scheu and 1st grader Daniela Gojani

Ted Scheu and 1st grader Daniela Gojani at Julian Curtiss School. Contributed.

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