Avon Public School Brings Home Award for Their Choral Reading of The Word Collector

Jennifer Yantzi teaches at Avon Public School in Ontario, Canada. Sixth graders at the school recently took home first place in the Kiwanis Festival of the Performing Arts - Stratford for their choral reading of "The Word Collector" by Peter H. Reynolds.

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Jennifer shares: “We had the opportunity to go to the Kiwanis Festival of the Performing Arts - Stratford. Our part of the Kiwanis Festival was choral speaking Grade 6. We could pick a poem, song or book to present and compete against other classes and schools. We chose “The Word Collector,” because of the impact of the story combined with a musical quality. It took us about four weeks to figure out how we were going to say certain words, assign parts, memorize the book and then practice presenting the poem.  Like Jerome, we collected many words and enjoy sharing them with the world.”