We invited residents to come to our lounge to read
poetry: theirs or just poems they felt connected to.
Poetry is such a great way to express yourself, and you
don't even have to be a poet to enjoy it! So all our
residents had a fab time. We turned off the lights in
the lounge and put one spotlight up so that the reader
could see their poem and then just let them go at it.
Colored lights are fun for this purpose because it makes
the program feel funkier! It was a really great way for
us to connect.
Spotlight or other colored lights
Be sure to let your residents know that they don't have
to read something they wrote. A lot of our residents
were worried because either their poetry was very
private, or they thought the program wasn't for them
because they didn't write poetry. But we tried to make
it fun for everyone.
School: University of California at Davis
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