Hippy Style

Poets, rappers, and musicians are invited to present their talents

by Chloe Nudo

On April 8 in Oliver’s, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., there will be a poetry show where any form of spoken word is welcomed to help raise funds for the organization HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngster).

HIPPY is an N.D.G based family literacy project that helps immigrants and struggling parents prepare their pre-school children for success in future school studies. It also helps families to incorporate themselves into the community.

The first event took place last year where all were invited to read a poem, perform a rap, slam, sing, read a monologue, act a scene to celebrate National Poetry Month.

The same will be happening this year where organizers Elizabeth Linn, Margaret Black and Elaine Bander hope to see returning performers.

“As long as the music’s dope, I’ll be there,” said a second semester Social Science student Panos Marmaras.

To participate in the show there is a small participation fee of $10 to help raise funds for HIPPY, however there are pledge forms that one can use to help raise funds by asking around for donations. All donations of 15$ or more are tax deductible.

Participants include teachers, students, librarians and others who are given about five minutes to perform their art form of choice. The librarians have also organized a group of poetry books from which students can read if the mood suddenly strikes them.

“We had great participation last year… they are there because they are interested in poetry,” Linn said in regards to student attendance and the ambiance of the show.

Although student participation is something they hope to see increase, they don’t want to move to Conrod’s since Oliver’s gives the event a more intimate and peaceful environment, that will prevent hecklers from interrupting and will make shy students more comfortable to come out and display their talents.

“Word of mouth is the best way; if we emphasize that it’s not a competition, just an appreciation of poetry and spoken word maybe more students will attend,” Linn said.

During the show there will also be a bake sale where volunteers will sell baked goods at cheap prices (proceeds alse donated to HIPPY).

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