New Partnership Between IFS and FXW
On January 29th, Poetry Pals and its diverse group of educators kicked off a new Poetry Pals partnership between the fifth grade students at Islamic Foundation School and Francis Xavier Warde. Islamic Foundation School has been involved with Poetry Pals in the past, while this was the first Poetry Pals experience for Francis Xavier Warde.
The initial workshop between the two schools was located at Francis Xavier Warde in downtown Chicago. Since Francis Xavier Warde is affiliated with and situated next to historic Holy Name Cathedral, students learned about the 135 year old cathedral, along with some of the traditions and customs of Catholicism. Holy Name Cathedral is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, one of the largest Roman Catholic dioceses in the United States. It is also the parish church of the Archbishop of Chicago. After the cathedral tour, students engaged with each other for poetry writing and spoken word performance. Executive Director Adam Shames said, “It is always fun to see students from a new partnership learn and share with each other. The poetry performances were quite a creative and expressive testament to the diversity of this country.”
In March, the Frances Xavier Warde students will travel to the Islamic Foundation School in Lombard to see their mosque and learn about the customs of Islam. Poetry Pals is excited about this new partnership!