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W. Buncombe Students Win Limerick Challenge
W. Buncombe Students Win Limerick Challenge
Posted on 03/23/2021
Ms. Medellin leads her kindergarten class in a recitation of their limerick.By Tim Reaves
BCS Communications Department

Two West Buncombe Elementary School classes won a national poetry contest by writing creative, rhyming limericks – completely in Spanish.

Ms. Sandra Medellin’s Dual Language Spanish Immersion kindergarten and first-grade classes both topped the National Imagine Limerick Challenge, sponsored by Buncombe County Schools curriculum partner Imagine Learning. The contest encouraged classes to write limericks with rainbow imagery in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Ms. Medellin’s students rose to the challenge.

“We all wrote it together,” she said. “I taught them what a limerick is, and they practiced and collaborated to write the two limericks. It was so wonderful to hear that they won.”

Inspired by the book "Como Atrapar a un Duende" (“How to Catch a Leprechaun”), the students described how they planned to catch a troublemaking leprechaun by searching inside rainbows and luring him out with food and shiny objects. They also made traps together and “caught” the leprechaun’s “henchmen” – toys from Ms. Medellin. 

“[The leprechaun] was making big messes,” said first-grader Julius, referring to classroom mischief allegedly done by a leprechaun. “He threw all our stuff around, and we tried to catch him. It was really fun.”

The limerick challenge provided an opportunity for students to work on rhymes, syllables, counting, meter, and imaginative thinking, Ms. Medellin said. She also acknowledged the important support work by first-grade Dual Immersion assistant Lydia Rice and kindergarten Dual Immersion assistant Joe Wilches Guio.

“I’m very proud of my students and this Dual Immersion program,” she said. “We’re growing and learning together.”

KINDERGARTEN LIMERICK (English in parenthesis)
El Dia de San Patricio es hoy (St. Patrick’s Day is today).
Buscando en el arco iris estoy (Searching in the rainbow I am).
quien hace travesuras (for who does naughty things),
y tira las mochilas (and makes a mess with our schoolbags)
con trampas a atraparlo voy (with traps I will catch him).

FIRST-GRADE LIMERICK (English in parenthesis)
Al duende queremos atrapar (The leprechaun we will catch)
pondremos lo que le va a gustar (we will put things that he will like):
chicharos, ejotes (peas, green beans),
y chocolates verdes (and green chocolates)
en el arcoiris vamos a dejar (in the rainbow we will put).

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