I am always grateful for the Friday afternoon sessions at my home with the senior class at Fenn—our Pen to Paper Club. Started three years ago by a member of the Class of 2011 to answer a longing to do something different in the afternoon, we set up a voluntary ninth grade club to read poetry and to write and draw in response to it. My offer was guidance and a place to gather away from the school with appealing food and drinks: think salt and sugar.
It quickly became clear that all of the ninth graders wanted to be part of the club and that while poetry was the supposed main…
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