Presidential Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco Visited St. Martin’s
As part of its CORE program, St. Martin’s Episcopal School welcomed award-winning and presidential inaugural poet Richard Blanco to its campus on Monday, Sept. 30. Blanco spent the day with seventh-grade students leading poetry workshops, sharing his cultural heritage and connecting with the school’s Spanish Club.
President Barack Obama selected Blanco in 2012 to serve as the fifth presidential inaugural poet in U.S. history, following in the footsteps of such luminary poets as Robert Frost and Maya Angelou. Blanco read “One Today,” an original poem he wrote for the occasion, at Obama’s inauguration ceremony on Jan. 21, 2013.
St. Martin’s seventh-grade students have been studying poetry in English class and learning about Cuban history in social studies class. Also, the St. Martin’s Spanish Club learned that it has mutual ties with Blanco as both support Our Little Roses Orphanage in Honduras.
St. Martin’s CORE program stands for Community Oriented Research and Education. CORE is an extension of the St. Martin’s middle school academic curriculum and provides meaningful, real-world experiences to students by forming partnerships in the Atlanta community and beyond with the goal for students to become more active, informed, and engaged citizens.
St. Martin’s Episcopal School is a private day school for students in preschool through grade 8, located in Atlanta, GA. We are dedicated to providing a quality education of the whole person in a loving, Christian atmosphere, which fosters lifelong learning.