As the culminating event of a semester spent working with children at Carter-Lawrence Elementary Magnet School, Dr. Linda Holt (English) and the students from her First Year Writing classes hosted a poetry reading in the Vince Gill Room on Nov. 16. A group of more than 50 Belmont students, Carter-Lawrence students and their parents gathered to share poetry composed by the Carter-Lawrence children in collaboration with their Belmont Buddies. Belmont student Sam Sheryll entertained the arriving guests with his keyboard, and Ms. Jana Whittle, media specialist at Carter-Lawrence, welcomed the group, thanking those involved for their participation and continued support of the Belmont/Carter-Lawrence partnership.
Belmont University has partnered with Carter-Lawrence for more than 10 years in a series of service-learning classes, a relationship originally established by Provost Dr. Marcia McDonald. To date, well over 500 Belmont students have participated. The partnership is grounded in the desire to enhance literacy, but the true value of the experience for all parties involved is the relationships that develop. The Partners in Poetry event marks the first time members of the Carter-Lawrence community have come to Belmont’s campus.