Springfield Poets' Society

by Joseph Carstairs

Creating an open atmosphere where students feel free to express themselves is the first goal for the classroom leaders in Community Journalism and its partnering Media Lab class. This is challenge that requires young leaders to go outside their comfort zones, and to lead through example by sharing why they value education and believe in story telling. Alisina Saee-Nazari is a published poet who wanted to come into Commerce High School and help students produce their own work, but found the some of the high school students were overwhelmed and struggled to focus on their writing. Rather than giving up, Alisina used his gifts to build up the confidence in his group to write creatively and share a piece of themselves