Heroes and Poets Assembly Program
I visit as many schools as I can with my “Heroes and Poets” assembly program and my audience can range from several grade level programs to whole school presentations. The basic message I hope to convey is that we can be strong, brave and kind as we face the world and each other. Walt Disney would have his animators step into a squared “magic box” marked with masking tape. I do a very powerful, modified version of that and children start to realize just how strong, brave and kind they really are. I’ll act silly, bring out a harmonica, and really bring it. Often I will call on shy and reserved kids to assist me in reciting poems and through a series of questions and by teaching them my “hero move” I turn those shy and reserved kids into rock stars. My program builds to a crescendo and before I’m through every person in the room, from the most gifted to the most challenged is feeling strong, brave and kind. I proceed to expand on the idea beyond poetry to empower and challenge them to be their best before their next classroom test, sports game or when interacting with each other.
KEN SLESARIK is a special education teacher and children’s poet from Phoenix, Arizona. His “Heroes and Poets” assembly program and after school poetry club called “Poetry Rocks” have been well received by teachers, students, parents and administrators. When not teaching or visiting schools Ken writes poetry curriculum and his own children’s verse with poems published in THE POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY K-5 EDITION, THE POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL, THE POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY FOR SCIENCE, THE POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY FOR CELEBRATIONS, DEAR TOMATO: AN INTERNATIONAL CROP OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE POEMS and GET REAL WITH STORYTIME as well as an animal collection called CREATURES, CRITTERS, BEASTS and VARMINTS. Ken’s mission is to empower students through the medium of poetry and he is a poetry advocate to children and teachers alike.