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Thank you to our esteemed guest judges!
 
 Taylor Graham - Innaugural El Dorado County Poet Laureate Emerita and member of Tuesday at Two Poetry and Friday Writers workshops.
 Jack Carman - Local Poet and member of Tuesday at Two poetry and Friday Writers workshops.  Former high school teacher at 
 Sue Crisp - Local 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 elementray and middle school students at Holy Trinity school in EDH. Judge for our region's Poetry Out Loud high school poetry competition. 
 Sandra Kelsey - El Dorado Hills Children's Librarian 
 Jan Robbins - Librarian, El Dorado Hills Librarian
 

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 Friday, April 30, 2021.

  • 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 poetry showcase, and all participants will receive a personalized certificate of participation as well as an entry prize including a commemorative bookmark, a certificate for an order of cookie dough from Papa Murphy's EDH, and a free book from any upcoming El Dorado County Library used book sale​! (Only one entry prize per student.)

  • One outstanding poem in each grade level will receive special recognition in our poetry showcase, and be placed on display at the El Dorado Hills Public Library and The Bookhouse used bookstore in Cameron Park! Each poet 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 Papa Murphy's giftcard to treat yourself and your family to a pizza night! 

 

 

Thank you to our esteemed guest judges! 
 
  • Taylor Graham - Inaugural El Dorado County Poet Laureate Emerita (2016 - 18), and member of Tuesday at Two Poetry and Friday Writers workshops. Western Slope El Dorado poetry community
  • Jack Carman - Local Poet and member of Tuesday at Two poetry and Friday Writers workshops.  Retired from career as an English teacher at Independence High School and Golden Sierra High School. Judge for our region's Poetry Out Loud high school poetry competition.  
  • Sue Crisp - Local 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. Judge for our region's Poetry Out Loud high school poetry competition. 
  • Sandra Kelsey - El Dorado County Children's Librarian, El Dorado Hills branch 
  • Jan Robbins - El Dorado County Librarian, El Dorado Hills branch
  • Ashleigh Torres - El Dorado County Librarian, Cameron Park branch
 

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

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

Theme: "What Brings Me Peace"

How to participate:

  • Write a short poem on the theme “What Brings Me Peace”​​​​

  • 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:

  • IMAGERY - Can you use words to show the reader a mental picture of your idea, image, or feeling?

  • RHYTHM - Do the words work together well to move the reader along?

  • DENSITY - Can you communicate a lot in just a few well-chosen words?

  • EMOTION - Do the words help EVOKE A FEELING in the reader?

  • ADDRESSES THE THEME - Does the poem fit the theme "What brings me peace"?

    • There are a lot of ways your poem can fit this theme! Looking for some ideas? You could write about yourself, another person, a place, a favorite object, a memory, an activity you enjoy, even a thought, like the quiet words you speak to yourself when you need encouragement - anything that gives you a sense of peace. 

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