The Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Inc. awarded a $2,600 grant to the Cape Fear Community College Foundation to support the College’s 2010 Poetry Academy. The Poetry Academy, held at CFCC during the summer, teaches local children about poetry in order to improve their reading skills, foster a love of poetry and academics, and stimulate their imaginations. It is the only program in the area with a poetry focus for middle school students. CFCC English instructors, creative writing student interns, and CFCC Learning Resource Center staff worked one-on-one with student participants, encouraging them to reflect on their lives, to tell their own stories and to find their own voices.
“Our goal is to inspire the kids to pursue further study and let them know they have friends at CFCC that care about them and will help them plan their futures,” said Jill Lahnstein, CFCC English Department Chair.
Encouragement from CFCC instructors and students has a positive impact on the participants, helping them to write short original poems, practice public speaking, have a greater appreciation for poetry, and feel a sense of familiarity and community with CFCC.
“The 2010 Poetry Academy was a success. The quality and originality of the poems written were some of the best ever received, and the students’ recitation of the poems was more successful as well,” said Lahnstein. At the conclusion of the Academy, the students participated in a graduation ceremony.
The Bank of America Foundation is committed to creating meaningful change in the communities it serves through philanthropic efforts, associate volunteerism, community development activities and investing, support of arts and culture programming and environmental initiatives. Working in partnership with community leaders, Bank of America’s local market leadership directs the majority of giving through local grants that address pressing social, economic, and cultural needs of local communities.