‘Clapping our hands when their perforation ended’: School Memory Poems

Students crafted their own school memory poems after reading Connie Wanek’s beautiful poem, Rain Changing to Snow

Lesson Note: According to findings by the leading researcher on the power of writing and journaling for healing purposes, James Pennebaker, Ph.D., of the University of Texas at Austin, ‘…expressive writing occurs on multiple levels–cognitive, emotional, social, and biological–making a single explanatory theory unlikely. However, there is little doubt that writing has positive consequences,

Ms. Wright, 7th Grade

by Ye Qi C.

She was at the Winter Festival for Haines
Sitting on a chair
Listening to people playing
the piano, ukulele and drums on stage.
Performances after Performance
It was finally their turn.
Going on the stage


The day of the Winter Festival
Crowds all around, talking to friends
As I wait for our turn to go on stage
We watch others perform on stage
Clapping our hands when their perforation ended

Ms. Wright, 8th Grade

by Angela Q.

I remembered just yesterday

I see my friends smiling and laughing

Telling each other jokes, sharing our feelings about the situation

As I laughed with them, feeling happy.

I see them talk, adding to each other’s jokes.

I feel comfortable and warm in this place

The Chatterings

School Memory
By: Yingyi Z.

Everyones in class
Working on their assignments
Typing and writing sounds
The air conditioner is super loud
Classes were boring
Lunch was bad
Classes continue
The bell rings
School is over



“Writing poetry makes me feel like I can see myself, like I can see my reflection, but not in a mirror, in the world. I write and I know I can be reflected.”
-Oscar S.

“Writing poetry makes me feel free.”
-Buenda D.

“Writing poetry is like your best friend.”
-Jessica M.