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Posted on: February 8, 2015 Posted by: Ilene Comments: 0

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 …

Posted on: February 4, 2015 Posted by: Ilene Comments: 0

Tri-Faith Extravaganzas: January 2015 Workshops

            On January 14 and January 28, the Chicago Hub and the Chicago North Hub respectively held their tri-faith workshop sessions. The Chicago Hub on January 14 saw fourth grade students from Chicago Jewish Day School and Sacred Heart Schools Chicago visit the Muslim Community …

Posted on: December 22, 2014 Posted by: Ilene Comments: 0

Making New Friends: Wrapping up 2014

On December 3rd and December 17th, 2014, more than 150 students from three schools came together for their first partnership sessions of the school year.   In both sessions, students made friends with each other, explored the sacred space at the host school, participated in full group creative exercises, and broke into …

Posted on: December 7, 2014 Posted by: Ilene Comments: 0

Loyola University celebrates Poetry Pals with Poetry Slam

  On November 24th, Loyola students Maria Ranahan, Tessa Kamberos, Ann Hagner and Courtney Gillen created an event that celebrated the mission and work of Poetry Pals. Entitled “Write a New World,” this Poetry Slam-Poetry Pals appreciation event attracted Loyola University students and Poetry Pals friends alike. Poetry Pals staff, volunteers, and advisory board members, along …

Posted on: November 9, 2014 Posted by: Ilene Comments: 0

Poetry Pals Begins Its 7th Year With Solo Visits

  On October 29th, Poetry Pals and its yellow-shirted educators kicked off the new Poetry Pals season with their first solo session for 4th graders at Sacred Heart Catholic School.  The following week, on November 5th, Poetry Pals had another solo visit at the Muslim Community Center (MCC) Academy’s new …

Posted on: August 26, 2014 Posted by: Ilene Comments: 0

We’re seeking Part-time help…

As of October 1 our Poet-Educator positions have been filled.  We are always looking for volunteers, though, so see below for more information. <<<<>>>> Are you passionate about interfaith bridge-building? Do you have a flexible schedule to help our non-profit make more of an impact in the lives of young …

Posted on: May 3, 2014 Posted by: webmaster Comments: 0

Video Highlights of our 2013-2014 School Year

In this video slideshow, we offer a visual experience of our 13-14 Poetry Pals school season for our Chicago and Northern Suburb Hubs, featuring approximately 250 students from four schools–Sacred Heart Catholic School, Solomon Schechter Jewish Day School,  MCC Full Time Muslim School,  and Chicago Jewish Day School. Check it …

Posted on: March 30, 2014 Posted by: webmaster Comments: 0

Interfaith Community Evening Celebrates Diversity

                      On March 12th, 2014, more than 200 people came together for our special Interfaith Community Evening, featuring poetry and performances by Muslim, Jewish and Catholic 4th grade students and an interfaith community dialogue. Participating Schools included: Sacred Heart Catholic …

Posted on: March 3, 2014 Posted by: webmaster Comments: 0

2014 Interfaith Community Evening

Poetry Pals invites your family and friends to our Interfaith Community Evening Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 7pm-8:30pm Featuring poetry and performances by Catholic, Jewish and Muslim 4th grade students and an interfaith community dialogue. Chicago neighbors coming together for an interfaith evening celebrating our cultures… All are welcome! Participating Schools …

Posted on: March 3, 2014 Posted by: webmaster Comments: 0

Final 2013-2014 Tri-Faith Program at MCC

On Wednesday February 26th, students from Chicago Jewish Day School and Sacred Heart took a field trip to visit their friends at MCC. View more pictures from the event on our Facebook page.