Mrs. Waite’s 6th and 8th grade Heritage students at the Creative Arts Academy recently worked on their poetry with the help of Toney Jackson, professional author, poet, educator, and speaker. Toney’s career began when he helped foster the spoken word/open mic scene at Rutgers University. Since then, he has been recognized by the Academy of American Poets, won several poetry slams, and been a featured reader, performer, and workshop leader at schools, theatres, and other venues across the country. Students prepared poetry prior to Toney’s arrival, and then discussed their pieces with him during his visit. Thanks to Mr. Jackson for sharing his passion with our students as they expressed themselves creatively!