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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

View From the 5th Grade Trenches - March 2011 - For Japan

Art is the heart beat for expressing emotion, be it through canvas, camera lens, music, or words.  As my class watched the cataclysm unfolding in Japan, they felt a need to send love to our brothers and sisters suffering across the sea.  Haiku, a poetic gift from that exquisite country, was the way they expressed their thoughts.

We are in much fear                                                    
God will find a way to help                                         
There are no tears left                                                

Just hope, don’t be sad                                            
No more tears, help will be there                              
Hope is there for you

Days and days go by
Hope and sadness fill our hearts
Devastating news
Ashley S. & Kathleen

Sadness of Japan
Family's hearts are broken
Something good will come of this
Gage & Pratik

This link will take you to a list of official Red Cross donation sites supporting the relief efforts in Japan.


  1. Your class is very talented! It's great to hear that you discuss these things with them too.

  2. Leslie, what a great group of kids you have. I'm impressed by their words and their big hearts. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  3. Thank you, Lisa and Julie for your kind words. I will share them with the kids. They'll be thrilled you like their work.

  4. Those are lovely! Kids have the biggest hearts on the planet! Beautiful :)

  5. These are great. What talented and wonderful kids you have in your class. :)

  6. Thank you, Stina and Jemi. These kids amaze me every day.

  7. Thank you for sharing these. Powerful words from a special group of kids :)

  8. I heart this. Thank you for sharing!

  9. Thank you Jess and Susan, I can't wait to share your comments with the kids.

  10. What a wonderful way to help the kids channel their feelings and reach out to others. The poems, and emotions, are powerful!

  11. I agree, Susan. I think we don't give kids enough credit for their artistic abilities.