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Donors provide funds for Exploring Community Through Poetry

LENOIR, NC (February 8, 2019) — Carly Schwartz, elementary teacher in grades 3-5 at Davenport A+ School, received full funding of a proposal submitted through for all of Davenport’s third graders to participate in a poetry writing workshop with books by author and guest speaker Laura Sedlacek.

“My students are enthusiastic learners who strive to be at school because of learning opportunities that introduce them to the world beyond what they see in their daily lives,” said Swartz.

Carly Schwartz

She said she selected Sedlacek because she now resides in the district and she has written and published a collection of poems about places that students might typically take for granted such as an old building, a local restaurant, a grocery list, or an ordinary person.

“Novelist and poet, Laura Sedlacek offers a unique opportunity for our third-grade students to learn about and poetically express their feelings about the community in which they live,” said Swartz. is an online resource for every public school in America to access and submit classroom projects for funding through online donations. More than 600,000 projects have been fully funded, many in the Caldwell County Schools.