To finish, I got some sidewalk chalk and we went to the back yard of the school to write out lines from the poems to inspire those who walked by. I've done this for many years and it's always a favorite.
I love having them work with the words and show their enthusiasm for them, and I love that the medium is so transient, fitting the theme of the poetry so well. As we worked, students, parents, staff members, and folks from the neighborhood stopped by to ask questions and read. And yes, they were inspired.
Carpe diem, baby.