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Elementary students mix poetry, basketball

WILMINGTON -- Basketball and poetry don't normally go hand in hand. But for some local elementary school students they were one and the same at UNCW Monday. The Basketball Poets program aims to teach at-risk readers from area schools about poetry with the reward of playing basketball. Teachers say while the two things may seem different, both sports and reading require preparation. And kids say it's a fun way to learn. Lincoln Elementary School student Haley Davis said, "We read poems for 30 minutes and then the next 30 minutes we go out and practice basketball. Writing is one of my favorite tests for school so that's why I'm glad I'm on this." The aim is to help students increase students' creativity, understanding and expression. The basketball poets meet every two weeks.

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Your photo lacks diversity.

Your photo lacks diversity. There must have been more than one child in this activity. As a matter of fact, the program began at Supply Elementary School in Brunswick County, as an insentive to encourage at risk readers and writers, especially African-American students. So many students, yet one face represents them all. "We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope." Martin Luther King, Jr.

Basketball Poet commment

If you saw the evening news last night, by chance, you saw or would have seen that the story covered "all children" involved in this program in 3 different schools and did not just focus on one child alone. And the story in no way, shape or form took anything away from Supply Elementary. As a matter of fact, the founder of the program itself provided the background information to this news station. This program is about ALL CHILDREN who share a common love for poetry and basketball. It wasn't about one school versus another NOR about one ethnicity or gender against another.