Poetry in the Schools

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PDF of “Poems”

During the 1975-76 school year, university students in the creative writing program at the University of Arkansas taught elementary and secondary students across the state about poetry and various approaches to writing poems. The outreach program was known at Poetry in the Schools, or PITS for short.

From the writing, several poems from each school were chosen for publication, including more than a dozen written by seniors in the Class of 76. The attached PDF only contains the forward, introduction and poetry from FHS and the PitStop School in Fayetteville.

Today, the program is known as Writers in the Schools, or WITS, and continues to foster creative writing in schools across the state.

International Students

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From left, Giovanni Crippa of Italy, Lotta Rüdh of Sweden and Marc Riviere of France were exchange students at the Fayetteville High School during the 1975-76 school year.

Near & Far

The new faces at FHS in 1976 that didn’t look like sophomores were the foreign exchange students, Lotta Rüdh, from Sweden; Marc Riviere, from France; and Giovanni Crippa, from Italy.

What did they think of FHS and the United States?

Marc and Lotta said that school was easier than in their own country but Giovanni said it was about the same. They all agreed that English wasn’t a problem since it had been a required class in their own school for more than seven years.

They were amused when they were asked about their favorite American food because, as they pointed out, most American foods are also found in their own country.

And what about American football? Lotta didn’t like it “because I don’t know what is going on.” Giovanni liked it only when they played well, but Marc preferred to watch the spectators.

They all agreed that the people here were as friendly or friendlier than in their own country, and they pointed out that it does take a lot of kindness to take foreign students and make them feel so welcome.

— 1976 Amethyst

Childress to Davis

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Angela Childress

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Susan Chism

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Cheryl Clinehens

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Brooks Clower

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Sheila Cobb

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Bruce Cochran

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Sandi Coffin

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Tom Coker

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Suzanne Cole

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Linda Colwell

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Lois Combs

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Larry Compton

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Bill Conrad

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Kristi Corn

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Patty Coolick

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Gay Coston

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Jerry Cox

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Steve Cox

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Giovanni Crippa

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Dianne Cross

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Art Croswell

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Chris Crouthers

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Dennis Dahler

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Tommy Davenport

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Michael Davidson

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Randy Davidson

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Ann Davis

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Dennis Davis

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Diane Davis

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Gail Davis