The exposure to and bonding with a real poet generated excitement and interest in poetry for the students. In addition to celebrated children's authors like Shel Silverstein the students read and enjoyed college-level poets such as Emily Dickinson, William Carlos Williams, Theodore Roethke, and Robert Frost. Students gained valuable public speaking experience by reading their poems in front of the fourth and fifth grade classes, as well as their parents. Many students also wrote their own poetry and shared it. Others had a knack for acting and they got to practice that skill by acting out some poems. The workshop enhanced their reading and comprehension skills but it did more than that. It shined the spotlight on the great ancient art of poetry for them and the students found out how enjoyable and useful to their lives it can be.