Even before starting Car Window Poetry, I ascribed to a belief that kids have the greatest potential to make the greatest difference in the world. They're full of wonder, creativity and curiosity. When given a seat at the table, kids bring forth unrestrained love and care.
For that reason, I wanted students to play a vital role in Car Window Poetry's mission. One weekend, I emailed every elementary school teacher in my local school district because I knew Car Window Poetry needed kids, and kids might even need Car Window Poetry. Since my first school visit and Car Window Poetry's feature on NBC Nightly News, schools all over the U.S. have participated in writing and sharing encouraging poems in their communities.
One of the educators who learned about Car Window Poetry through NBC Nightly News was Mrs. Marsha West, the lead storyteller at Sabin Middle School in Colorado Springs. She contacted me via Facebook and invited me to come visit and speak to Sabin's students. I excitedly accepted.
Two months ago, I got to share the Car Window Poetry story with 450 students at Sabin Middle School, and I had a wonderful time walking them through my journey, as well as giving them the opportunity to write their own poems. They, then, went out and shared those poems on car windows in their community.
Mrs. West is now a Local Chapter Leader at Sabin and plans to continue creating a culture of kindness at the school through Car Window Poetry.
If you're interested in leading a Car Window Poetry Chapter at your school, apply here!