Public reading of poetry for Port Jefferson Middle School students

Public reading of poetry for Port Jefferson Middle School students photo
Two Port Jefferson Middle School students shared a unique opportunity when they read their poetry to hundreds of spectators during the opening ceremony of the 22nd annual Dickens Festival in Port Jefferson.

Eighth-grade student Heather Quiggle wrote “Winter in Port Jefferson,” which highlights the enjoyment of the festival’s crowds, music and cheer, while seventh-grader Sophie Blumenthal’s “A Magical Night” shares the happiness of a family celebrating its holiday traditions.

The students were inspired to create their literary pieces as a component of the middle school English curriculum and selected to read their poetry by a school committee. According to English teacher Kayleen Everitt, the public reading is an effective way for students to enhance their oral communication skills. Seventh-grade teacher Monica Consalvo arranged for the reading during the festive outdoor ceremony.