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With the support of the Princeton Education Foundation and the Dodge Foundation, the elementary schools in Princeton Public Schools hosted Naomi Extra as a poet-in-residence to launch our celebration of Black History Month.  Ms. Extra is a freelance writer, poet, and doctoral candidate in American Studies at Rutgers University - Newark who, in both her creative and scholarly work, explores the themes of agency and pleasure in the lives of black women and girls.

Fourth graders from Community Park Elementary School joined Johnson Park's fourth and fifth graders virtually while some of Littlebrook's fifth graders joined Riverside's fourth-graders virtually to hear Ms. Extra talk about her journey as a poet beginning as a child with a diary.  She also recited some of the poetry she wrote as a youngster as well as poems from other black poets.

Ms. Extra then led our students through activities meant to jumpstart their inner poet.  Then, she concluded with our children sharing their poems entitled, "My Hair."

Naomi Extra with a PPS staff member
Students working with Naomi Extra
Naomi Extra taking to the students at JP
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