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Community High Writes Schoolwide Poem
Community High Writes Schoolwide Poem
Posted on 12/20/2021
Community High School students celebrated literacy, social-emotional learning, and togetherness at their annual Winter Break Luncheon at the Biltmore Estate.Featured photos: 1) A collage showing scenes from the annual Community High School Winter Break Luncheon at the Biltmore Estate. 2) Community High School teacher Arami Moore takes a picture while other teachers read the schoolwide poem.

By Tim Reaves
BCS Communications Department

Community High School students celebrated literacy, social-emotional learning, and togetherness at their annual Winter Break Luncheon at the Biltmore Estate on Dec. 17.

After enjoying a delicious lunch at the Stable Café, students heard their own words read back to them by their teachers in a poem called “Together We Dream a Better Future: A Community High School Poem.” Each CHS student submitted lines, stanzas, or even whole poems about their dreams for the future, and their teachers assembled more than 25 of the student submissions into the final poem.

“It was really well put together, considering how many different students were involved,” said 10th grader Heather Dixon. “I wrote a whole poem, and they took some of my lines and seamlessly mixed them with another student who wrote something similar. It was neat.”

Community High School teacher Arami Moore takes a picture at the annual Winter Break Luncheon at the Biltmore Estate.CHS English teacher John Moore felt the same way.

“It brought us together,” he said. “In fact, it was a bit serendipitous. When [the teachers] assembled the poem, it fell together naturally in the order that we received the student submissions. It was amazing how many similar themes were shared.”

Inspiration for the schoolwide poem came from poet Kwame Alexander’s crowdsourced poem, “This Is Our Dream,” which itself was inspired by poet Langston Hughes’ work “I Dream a World.” Each stanza imagines a better world “where a squirrel could run across North Carolina without touching the ground once” or “a world where the weak rest and the strong protect … a world with Community.”

“The poem showed that we have a good heart at this school,” said 11th grader José Mendoza. “I think the name ‘Community’ really fits.”

During the luncheon, Stable Café Dining Room Manager Maurice Skanes spoke to CHS students about “bouncing back from bad choices.” He stressed how critical it is for students to follow through and finish their K-12 careers on a strong note.

“I have a passion for showing kids that they can rewrite their story, that they can be the author and finisher of their own lives,” he said. “And you’ve got to start now making those right decisions and preparing for the future.”

Special thanks to Mosaic Realty for sponsoring this event.

“Together We Dream of a Better Future: A Community High School Poem”

I dream a world where people only shed happy tears;
People who know the difference between right and wrong,
People who want change—
Actual change.

Where everyone has what they need, all feel heard, and there is no hate.
Where all humans are kind, trustful, and friendly.

I dream a world where everyone could have video games, and
Will play them with their friends.

I dream a world where everybody likes everyone.
Where they have no hate for anyone.
And where there would be no judgement.

A world where people take care of one another instead of hurting each other,
Where the air is clean and the water isn’t so polluted.
Where a squirrel could run across North Carolina
Without touching the ground once.
A world where “endangered” is about to go extinct.

Less poverty and more freedom and happiness.

Where no one worries while walking to their car at night,
And they can feel peace even when alone.

I dream a world where my dog would live forever.
A world where my best friend Tyler was still alive.
A world that I dream is a world with peace.
A world of blessings.

I dream a world where people will be kind, even when nobody is watching.

A world where I would stay outside all day and watch the leaves change—
nothing matters more than those beautiful things.

Where hopes are not forgotten,
And dreams don’t have a way of falling down in mid-flight.

A world of only positive vibes.
With joy.
With light.
And flowers.
You don’t see flower violence, do you?

Where we can be free and have fun and not stress so much.
Kids on the street could look at me without tears in their eyes—
Where wishes come true, where wars don’t happen, and true love is always there.
Where it is magical with nice people.

I dream a world where I wanna be a dream football player,
Or find a good job, like a really good job that pays like $15 an hour.

I dream a world where we could come together, no crimes.
Where everyone is family
And everyone will share everything in peace.

I dream a world with love.

I dream a world with no evil,
Life would be easier.
I dream a world where the weak rest and the strong protect.
I dream a world with Community,
A world where there is no hatred.
Together WE Dream of a Better Future
For ourselves, our peers, our families.

No, it’s not going to be completely perfect,
But with a little hocus pocus, I know I can do this.


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