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Teens Love Poetry Too

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Art is the signature of civilizations. The youth are responsible for carrying that art from one generation's elders to the next generation's children. Young adults, or teenagers are then torch-bearers, or the temporary guardians. Many cities have the Poet Laureate Program, as well as the Teen Poet Laureate Program. The Teen Poet Laureate Program is usually run by the adult Poet Laureate. Pleasanton implemented the Teen Poet Laureate Program a few years ago, but recently discontinued the program. When it was in place, two high-schoolers (one from Amador Valley and one from Foothill) were selected each year as ambassadors of not just poetry— but writing and creativity. They stood as role models to their peers, their fellow writers, and the school kids younger than them in the Pleasanton Unified School District. The teen poet laureates were able to spread their love for writing amongst the community. It was a valuable experience for both the Teen Poet Laureates and everyone else in Pleasanton. At a time when the government continues to cut funding for the arts throughout schools state-wide, we need to protect the ones we can save. One day, the budget will recover. But will we be able to resurrect the arts once this community's love for them has faded? We are Writers Bloc, an organization on the campus of Amador Valley High School, and we encourage you to support us in our efforts to bring this well-loved program back. Don't do it for us, or even the teenagers. Do it for poetry. Thank You.


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