Harmony with Voice III - 2011 Jaffarian Award Winner

Harmony with Voice III - Our Poems Go Trans-Pacific

School: Harmony Middle School, Overland Park, KS

Applicant: Ronda Hassig, School Librarian

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Program Summary:

Featuring collaboration among a team of library staff, teachers, administrators, parents, a poet, and a community organization, “Harmony with Voice III” involved 7th graders working with local poet Bonnie Lynn Tolson to create poetry and art around the theme of homelessness.   Blending 21st century technologies such as Skype and Google Docs with more traditional humanities subjects, the program captured the spirit of the Jaffarian Award, while also giving back to the community with an auction of the student-created artwork, benefiting a local women’s homeless shelter.


Program Images

Poet Bonnie Lynn Tolson Skyping with Harmony Middle School Students                                             Harmony MS presents check to local women's shelter
 Poet Bonnie Lynn Tolson Skypes with students                                           Harmony Middle School students present check to local women's shelter


Completed student artwork                                             Student reciting poem
 Completed student artwork, inspired by student poetry                                   Student reciting poetry


Award Presentation Images

Ronda Hassig with Jaffarian Committee chair Robbie Nickel                             Jaffarian winner Ronda Hassig with committee chair Robbie Nickel
 Ronda Hassig and Jaffarian Committee Chair Robbie Nickel                                Ronda Hassig receives Jaffarian plaque

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