He said it’s important to celebrate literacy specially for the English language learners whom he finds very creative.
“There’s something unique and special about the city, maybe it has to do with the immigrant experience, the struggles which becomes a source for their writing.”
One of them is Edna Colon, who moved to Lawrence three years ago from Colombia. She is one of four students who wrote a five-line poem which they will recite on stage. Colon’s poem reads, “I’m a good friend that you can find but in my inside I’m insecure to fly. I love to help people having fears to destroy waiting to fly, but it takes time.”
“I feel really good about being chosen,” said Colon, a senior in the Performing and Fine Arts High School. “I didn’t expect to win because I just saw it as an assignment.”
In addition to writing and poetry, the festival will bring together music and dancing to celebrate Frost.
Nancy McGee who leads the school’s Girls Ensemble have set three works to music: Emily Dickinson’s “Heart, We Will Forget Him,” the Irish Blessing and an African song.
Dance teacher Maria Morgan choreographed dances for Frost’s poems, “Acquainted with the Night” and “Two Birches.” Each piece has soft classical music in the background as Gorham reads the poems and the students dance.”
If you go:
What: One man show by Gordon
Clapp as Robert Frost.
When: Tonight at 7 p.m.
Where: Lawrence High School Lecture Hall, 71 N. Parish Road.
Cost: $10 to benefit the Robert Frost Foundation programs for its
teacher-initiated activities in the Lawrence Schools.