Sunday, May 17, 2009

Hamilton Elementary

Third grade poems from Hamilton Elementary School, Novato, California
Classroom teacher: Ms. Campbell CPITS teacher: Lea Aschkenas

Haikus for Obama

My Dear President,
Will you take care of us and
create world peace?


Mister Obama,
Can you help us with our school?
We need lots of help.


Acrostics for Obama

Beloved Leader
A nice man
Red, white, and blue
An independent man
Cares for our land
Keeps us safe

Outrageous man
American leader
Married man
An important man


Please help animals
Run the United States of America well
Every day you should help the world
Stay safe in the world
It’s good to make a good choice for the world
Daily the sky gets more polluted
Every day you must help the environment
No hurting or endangering animals
Take care of the world

Be nice to animals in the forest
As a president, keep your work organized
Run and exercise every day for your health
Act nice to people
Care for animals
Keep your memory

Over the world you travel
Be a hero for the world
Act like a good citizen
Make a decision for yourself
Act peaceful with everyone in the world


Evil and
Save people
Desperate need and save
Endangered animals
Not yet

Be fair
And save poor
Citizens and
Kids with no families

Be a great president
America a better place


Sunday, April 12, 2009

Dana Gray Elementary School

These come from Leann Burkwall and Lori Ledbetter's Third Grade Students at Dana Gray Elementary School in Fort Bragg, California. Karen Lewis, Poet-Teacher.

Dear President Barack Obama,

Fix the roads from having trash on it.
Please keep people from getting hurt.
Help the brown deer from getting endangered.
Make the world a healthier place.
Make the world a better environment.
Don't let animals on the street.
Always keep the air clean for people.

Dear President Obama,

Help people and animals live.
I want you to be the President.
OBama, save the world.
Obama, give money to poor people to buy clothes and shoes.
I think you are the nicest president
in the whole wide world.

Peace on Earth

I have a dream
that there's always peace on Earth.
I have a dream
that no body could be hurt.
I have a dream
that there's always help for everybody.
I have a dream
that every animal cannot be hurt.
I have a dream
that everybody always has a dream.

That's all my dreams,

Dear President Obama,

Please don't kill the sea animals.
Save the environment.
Give money to the poor people
so they can buy food.

Your friend,

I Have a Dream

I have a dream that Obama would stop war
and give peace to everyone on Earth.
I am a kid that wants a better environment.
I have a dream that people would stop
smoking everywhere.
I have a dream that people would stop
cutting down trees.
I wish that people would stop doing drugs.
I have a dream that people always have a dream.


Friday, March 13, 2009

Venetia Valley School

From Mr. McEowen's 6th grade students at Venetia Valley School in San Rafael, California. The students wrote their poems with California Poets in the Schools poet-teacher Lea Aschkenas.

Dear President Obama

We don’t want more war, but more peace.
Let the grass grow, not burn.
Let the people live, not die.
Let the soldiers come home to their families.
It’s us that make the change,
so why don’t we change things?
When someone shoots a gun,
someone dies, but when we don’t start war,
thousands live.


Freedom Star

Freedom Freedom
Freedom Star,
How we wonder where you are.
Even though we have Obama as president,
we know he isn’t permanent.
He may have voted against
the war,
but peace and harmony are very
Even though there is violence,
some of us stay in silence.
Getting rid of poverty
is one step closer to harmony.
Why do we have a bad environment?
Why don’t we stop being silent?
Freedom Freedom
Freedom Star,
Show us how
your instincts are!


You Won!

“You won!”
we all said,
people crying.
A long journey for you and me
I was at school when it happened.
You won!


Obama Help!!

What do we call
that fabric
with those colors
Red, Blue, White?
with those stars
shining so bright? Nothing left
to say but the issues,
so there goes poverty
and the economy,
but what about discrimination
and something called immigration?
How about helping education?
And violence, the environment.
It’s hard
to say what’s
I know we’re the future,
but can’t we
have a little help?
It’s time for
change. Can’t you hear
the clock?


Mr. President

Don’t start wars.
Finish them with agreements.

Help the people in poverty.
Don’t let them suffer.
Give them jobs and they’ll
give you back the favor.

Mother Earth
needs our help
with more earth friendly cars
we’ll have a
better conscience,
recycle more,
make it easier!
Little by little…
may turn out to
be more than enough.

You can blame us,
but please
help us.


Sunday, March 1, 2009

Hillsdale High School

More from Marty Roberts and his amazing students at Hillsdale High School in San Mateo, California, who shared their work in the hallway of their school after watching the inauguration together:

Dear President Obama:

My name is Saki. I am a senior at Hillsdale High School. I have been living and learning English in San Mateo, California for two years. Congratulations on your election! When I watched your election speech, “Yes, we can," I was sure you were going to make this country, as well as the world, better. I have two things that I would like you to improve. One thing is that everyone gets a job so that there are no homeless people in the streets. When I see those people, I feel pain, so I hope you come up with helpful ideas. I have already heard you are preparing jobs for about three hundreds million people. I am really impressed. In Japan, there are also many people who were laid off, so your new policy will impress the Japanese president and help him consider wonderful ideas like you did. The other one is the environmental issue. In recent years, almost every grocery store or shop sells the eco bag and I often see people using it a lot. I hope you will encourage people to participate in planet friendly life more. Recycling is also a significant way to save our lives. I noticed people use too much paper in this country, especially fast food shops. Every burger and item is wrapped with paper, which is only used once and thrown away. This is very wasteful. I suggest people bring plastic container to the shops and wash it at home. The things can be used again and again that need to be increased. I do not want to create more garbage any more. This is important because we need to save our world not only for ourselves, but also for next generation.
I hope the wonderful future will come during your term in office. Thank you for your time.


Dear President Obama:

My name is Felix and I’m from Guatemala. I’m a Latino student at Hillsdale High School in San Mateo California. I am very proud that you are the President because you are going to change the United States. My dream is that you can make reform for all the immigrants that came here without permission. My other hope is that if you can find a way to give drivers' licenses to immigrants because they need it to work. I hope you can help me to change our country in a better way by not separated families and giving permission of work to all immigrants.


Dear President Obama:

I am Hatibe from Turkey. Actually I cannot send this letter from Turkey. I am no longer in my country. I came the U.S, your country, for my education. Two years ago, I cannot even imagine coming here. I and my friends were planning to go to the same university. To be honest, we were only planning because it is hard to go to a medical school of an average university. We need to spend our every minute to prepare for the big exam. Also there are so many students and not enough university. I wish my friends could be here and see how easy it is to have same chance with all students.

I do not have any wish about my life. I want something that every person who wants peace in this world. My real country is not in war but I cannot stand looking at crying children because of the war, famine and poorness on televisions. This is a truth that nobody can deny the U.S is one of the most important countries in the world. If the U.S wants, other countries might do something to stop wars. That is all my hope about future. A peaceful world…


Dear president-Elect Obama:

Hi, my name is Araceli. I am a 15 years old Latina and I live in San Mateo, California. I am a student at Hillsdale High school. I am happy that this year you are going to be our new President. I hope you will end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. During the war people are dying and many families are getting destroyed. They just can’t live a normal life and thousands of people are suffering. Moreover, I would like to see some changes in this country. I know it is not easy but I would like to see you give immigrants the right to stay in this country because they come to work, to get a better life, and support themselves and their families. Additionally, I have a dream. I want to graduate from high school and hope I can go on to college and get a job that I am going to love. This dream is important because I want to be successful in life. Thank you for taking your time reading my letter.


Cleveland Elementary—5th grade, Mr. Sugarman

And still more from the very busy Maureen Hurley at Cleveland Elementary in Oakland. A sad note on the state of arts funding in California (and the U.S.) right now: Maureen's residency at Cleveland was cut short when funding for her program there was eliminated. If you want to help keep poets like Maureen in our schools, please visit the California Poets in the Schools website to make a donation.


Let it be heard, told and remembered
I remember when I first heard of Rosa Parks
I was amazed, I was scared because I thought
She was going to be beaten
Then I realized she was just trying to fight
for Black people's rights.
It amazed me when you read a poem
and you said, We, the people, starting today…
And the time has come.
It made me want to sit in the beautiful green grass
And write every word you said
And make it into my own poem.
Just like you, starting today.
Let's help the hungry, let's make the violence stop.
Now we've had 43 presidents fighting like the wind
freezing on my face.
I remember when the beautiful birds
flew in the sky. That gave me confidence.
I know you will make a good example.
You can change our environment.
That can change everybody's lives.
I remember when the ocean
was so beautiful during the sunset…
I remember, We the people
Are in your hands.

— Mako


I remember when my mother and I
would pray for you to be president
till there was no tomorrow.
I remember when I saw you on the TV
When you were giving your speech.
Your eyes glistened like a lake
In the afternoon.
One for sure, is, I won't forget
This day, no I won't.

A Young Believer,



I remember the part of your speech
That made it seem as if
The winds of change
Just blew onto the U.S.
The clapping from the crowd
Sounded as if lightning was striking
Just for you.
I remember some parts of your speech
As if it was a son.g
Your speech made smiles seem like sunshine.
I wouldn't care what color your skin is
As long as you keep the country in good condition.



We, the People will not judge
if you destroy, but when you build.
The time has come
for a president to change this country.
Starting today, I believe in you
to change this country
And make it a better place.
It is up to us to support your ideas
So that there will be change.


Cleveland Elementary—5th grade, Ms. Loeser

And still more from the very busy Maureen Hurley at Cleveland Elementary in Oakland. A sad note on the state of arts funding in California (and the U.S.) right now: Maureen's residency at Cleveland was cut short when funding for her program there was eliminated. If you want to help keep poets like Maureen in our schools, please visit the California Poets in the Schools website to make a donation.



In four days the world will be safer.
It will be the best day that came to be.
What will happen to the world
Depends on you.
Do you stand for common hope
Like someone we all know,
Like Martin Luther King, Jr.?
What you want to do for America
Is your decision,
We all want you to make
the right decision, Obama.


We know what these days will bring us.
You became in charge.
You are the boss of America
I will remember when "Yes we can"
Became "Yes we did."
We, the people, hope you make the right decisions.
Today and in the future, we will be safe
From harm and danger.
I remember when you ran for president.
I was with you all the time.
I really like that you play basketball.
Now there is a new president.
I'm with you all the way.
So, Obama, dust yourself off,
And let's go!

— Jackson


We are glad that you are the president
We are glum that we have worries
We worry about animals being tortured
We worry about people dying from world hunger
We worry about people losing jobs and homes
We worry about global warming
We worry about our friends and family
We worry about our economy
We hope that you'll answer most of our worries
We hope you make fantastic history
Lastly, we hope you will be
the best president ever


Cleveland Elementary—4th grade, Ms. Pollack

More from the very busy Maureen Hurley at Cleveland Elementary in Oakland. A sad note on the state of arts funding in California (and the U.S.) right now: Maureen's residency at Cleveland was cut short when funding for her program there was eliminated. If you want to help keep poets like Maureen in our schools, please visit the California Poets in the Schools website to make a donation.


In one day the sun will rise with hope
In two days, peace will come
In three days, the wars will end
In four days you will shine like a star
In fifteen days, the world
Will become a better place
Dream, Obama.
Dream like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.



You can make a difference
You can make life easier for others
You can make the world happy
You can help people change war into peace
You can make people smile
You can change the United States of America
You can change life, Obama.



Hope, you are Obama
You shine like the sun
In one day you're going to be
Martin Luther King, please
Obama, you can do it
You can help the world
In two days you're going to change the world
In three days you're going to be president.
Hope, you are Obama.



City to city, state to state,
Four billion people in one place
How do you deal and how do you think
A thousand questions
And a thousand answers
The people need a president
With a smile on his face
And I think that's you.



Soon you will move into the White House.
We hope you befriend Lincoln's ghost.
Don't forget to get Sasha and Malia
to school on time and with school supplies
so they can go prepared.
Don't forget to stand up for yourself.
So again, we hope you have a good time
in the White House.
If you like our letters, you are more than welcome
To come to our school.
We love you Obama, you rule
Obama, Obama, Obama.



Please give peace in this world.
And make a better place for us.
And don't forget to be nice to your daughters.
Remind them to be good A+ students.
Then, after 15 days, the stars will shine
Like shooting stars
and make your wishes come true.
Please dream like Dr. Martin Luther King.
Then, in five days the flowers
and everything will be friendly and fresh.
Remember to be a good president.
Be nice and good to your wife.
And let this hope come true.
And help everyone and everything that needs it.
Thank you so much, Obama. You're awesome.
Thank you, 44th president.



These are a few words of advice
I need to tell you:
Like, don't forget to feed the homeless
And take care of the hurt and sick
animals and children.
Don't forget to feed the dog, Cleo.
And make sure that you love all people
And your family too.
And don't forget about Dr. King.
I hope your dreams come true
Like you being the president
of the United Stated of America.
I have a dream: yes we can.
Of all the presidents we've had
You are the first African American,
The 44th president.
Thank you so much Obama,
from our little hearts
We believe you're going to be the best
President ever. Go Obama.



On the fifth day you'll be president.
But for now you are a star
And you will have to follow your dreams.
Maybe when I grow up, I might be like you
And be a star.
If you donate money you will save lives
Save children, save education
And the money is going to be a good cost.
Obama, you are like my dream.
I like every thing about you.
Now, in five days, you might change the world.
Going to be president is one of my dreams.
To be a good citizen of the U.S.
Oh, how I like everything about you
Because you are like a star to me.
Every day I think about the good things
You will do for us.
And you always think about the world
And not yourself.
Going to be president in three days.
Oh, how you shine like a star.
Oh, how you sparkle like the moon.
Doing good stuff for the world
Forbidding war and rethinking stuff
Like: do we need this?
Every thing you do is good.
Serving your country is good enough.
Every night I dream about you.
Nothing shines brighter than you
Being President today.