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Sidewalk Poetry/La poésie de trottoir

River East Transcona School Division
December 08, 2021

Pandémie de poésie.jpgThis past year, you may have been walking down the sidewalk and seen the colourful results of a recent project—Sidewalk Poetry/La poésie de trottoir—that was the brainchild of RETSD languages consultant Ingrid Moehlmann.

She was looking for ways to motivate students to write creatively in their second language. Students from 10 RETSD schools were encouraged to write poetry on a variety of themes and use a prefabricated stencil to spray-paint their creations onto sidewalks in the community. (The City of Winnipeg issued permits to allow this experience to happen.) The project was financially supported by RETSD and councillors Shawn Nason, Jason Schreyer, and Jeff Browaty.

Moehlmann compiled the poetry into a multilingual book—Poetry Pandemic/Poésie de pandémie—illustrated by the students who participated. It can be purchased for $10 by contacting her at imoehlmann@retsd.mb.ca. Proceeds go to future creative projects in the division.