Inspiring children with poetry

By WBNG News

May 21, 2014 Updated May 21, 2014 at 6:30 PM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Hundreds of young students showed up to Binghamton University to hear poems they wrote read by a professional.

Wednesday marked the 37th Annual Poetry and the Children Day held at the university.

After the opening presentation at 10 a.m., children heard poems that they wrote read back to them by guest poet Joe E. Weil.

Weil teaches poetry as an assistant professor at Binghamton University and is the recipient of the 2013 People's Poetry Prize.

Weil said it is inspiring to see how well-written most of the children are.

"I did this program in 2007, '08 and '09 and I love it. So the minute I got asked to do it again, I jumped on it. Most energy I see on campus... I mean I love my students, they're full of energy, but these kids are great," said Weil.

The program was established as a memorial to Robert Pawlikowski, who drowned in 1975 while on vacation with his family. Pawlikowski was a published poet, creative writing instructor and campus administrative assistant.

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