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The Buckeye Education Foundation presents…

Pizza, Poetry, and Prizes!

 

Calling all Buckeye Students! We want to lift up your voices during

National Poetry Month!

All TK-8th Grade Buckeye Union School District students are invited to enter this free virtual showcase event!

Theme: "Feels Like Home"

(Watch the BUSD Family video that inspired this year's poetry writing theme!)

How to participate:

  • Write a short poem on the theme “Feels Like Home”​​​​

  • Share your poem during the month of April, which is National Poetry Month! All entries will be displayed on this website in our virtual poetry gallery.

  • Earn PRIZES! Every poet will receive a personalized certificate, and some fun prizes just for entering! Our guest judges will select one outstanding poet in each grade level who will win a “Pizza and Poetry Prize Pack” which of course includes pizza!

  • Scroll down for the official entry rules. But first, a bit about poetry . . .  

Writing Your Poem

What is poetry? There are many different types of poems, and all are welcome in our poetry showcase! 

Some poems rhyme, and some do not. Some are very short, and some are longer. They can be serious, silly, or somewhere in between! One important thing that makes a poem a poem is its ability to communicate an idea without using a lot of words, so we ask you to please limit your poem to 25 lines or less, and it must fit on one page.

The most important thing to know is that your poem is your own expression; an opportunity to show a little bit of the world through your eyes, with your words. What we would really love to read is a poem that shows how you feel about the thing you choose to write about, and gives us a moment to feel it with you. When the judges read your poem, that is what they will be most hoping to see - that you took this opportunity to express yourself! You are of course welcome to seek help and feedback from friends and family members as you write.

 

Here are some things that may be helpful to think about as you write:

  • THEME – Does your poem address the theme "Feels Like Home"? "Home can mean many different things. What does “home” mean to you? It may be a place, (real or even imagined!) like a building, a town, a state, or a country. It may a person, a feeling, or a whole community you belong to, like your class at school. “Home” can mean many different things, and you can write about anything you choose that “feels like home” to you.

  • IMAGERY – Do you choose words that paint a picture for the reader?

  • RHYTHM – Do the words work to control how the reader moves through your poem?

  • DENSITY – How much information and feeling can you pack into just a few words?

  • EVOKES A FEELING – Do you communicate a feeling with your words?

If you need some guidance or inspiration to help get you started, these online resources may help:

Official Rules:

  •  Poet must be a Tk-8th grade Buckeye Union School District student. 

  • Poem must be 25 lines or less, and must fit on a single page. 

  • Poem may be typed or hand written.

  • Poem must be titled at the top of the page, and signed "by ..." (the author) at the bottom.

  • Poet must have parent/guardian permission to enter. Parent/guardian grants permission by submitting student's entry via parent/guardian email. 

  • Entries must be received by 11:59 PM on Saturday, April 30, 2022.

  • To enter the Poetry Showcase (and contest), type or hand write your poem and email it as an attached Microsoft Word Document OR take a picture of your poem in JPEG or PDF digital format, and email it to:  events@buckeyefoundation.org

    • Email must include the following information:

      1. Poet's Name​

      2. Poet's Grade level

      3. Poet's School

      4. Poet's Teacher (6th-8th grade students please list your Language Arts teacher)

      5. Title of Poem 

  • Poets MAY submit multiple entries! (Write and enter as many poems as you would like!) 

  • Optional: The following are optional and will not be part of the judging, but are welcome!

    • You may illustrate your poem with drawings (on the same page) if you choose.

    • You are welcome to send a video of yourself reading your poem out loud for us to feature in the poetry gallery along with your written poem.

  • ​All poems will be displayed in the virtual poetry showcase, and all participants will receive a personalized certificate of participation and a commemorative bookmark, as well as a free mini 1-topping pizza certificate from Steve's pizza!

  • One outstanding poem in each grade level will receive special recognition in our poetry showcase, and be placed on display at The Bookhouse bookstore in Cameron Park! Each of the selected outstanding poets will also receive a Poetry Prize Pack which will include a new blank poetry notebook and pen, a set of small colorful pocket notebooks, a gift certificate to The Bookhouse in Cameron Park, and a $50.00 Steve's Pizza gift card to treat yourself and your family to a pizza night! 

We can't wait to read your poem, and lift up your voice to share with our Buckeye family! Happy writing! Questions? Email events@buckeyefoundation.org

Thank you to our esteemed guest judges! 
 
  • Taylor Graham - Taylor Graham is the Inaugural El Dorado County Poet Laureate Emerita (2016 - 18), and remains an integral active leader in the El Dorado County poetry community. She is a member of Tuesday at Two Poetry and Friday Writers workshops. Western Slope El Dorado poetry community
  • Sue Crisp - Sue Crisp is a local author and poet, and member of Poetic License, Tuesday at Two poetry, and Friday Writers workshops. Winner in  the Voices of Lincoln poetry contest. Former introduction to poetry teacher for elementary and middle school students at Holy Trinity school in EDH. Sue has been a judge for our region's Poetry Out Loud high school poetry competition, and returns for a second year to judge the Buckeye Education Foundation Poetry Showcase.. 
  • Sandra Kelsey is one of our wonderful El Dorado County Children's Librarians at the El Dorado Hills branch. Sandra returns for a second year after serving as a judge in the Buckeye Foundation's inaugural Poetry Showcase in 2021.  
  • Brian Boies has been serving youth and fostering their expression for over twenty years.  He is currently the Youth Services Librarian at El Dorado Hills Library where his focus is on older children and teens.  Personally, he writes every day and works hard to live a life full of creativity for him and his family. Brian will also be conducting the upcoming teen writing workshop (this month focusing on poetry!) at the EDH Library on April 19! ​​
 
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