Hippy contest

Organization pleased with event turnout and performances

by Alexandra Giubelli

A poetry show was held at Oliver’s last Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to fundraise for the organization HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngster), where students and staff members were welcomed to perform any kind of spoken word presentation.

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

“People started to arrive around 11:30 a.m. and right now we’ve seen 26 people. We are hoping for at least 30 by the end of the day. It’s more than we had last year,” said Elizabeth Linn, teacher and one of the organizers of the event.

Each participant had to wake a donation of ten dollars to perform on stage, but spectators could also help by giving money or buying various items and food that the organization was selling.

“It’s my second time and I couldn’t say no when they asked me to come back this year, it’s for a good cause,” said Jammy Salami, a fourth semester student in health science.

Many participants read their creations in front of fellow poets, feeling confident in the intimate atmosphere of Oliver’s.

“It’s nice to hear from other people.  I met people I’ve never seen before and I have respect for them and what they are doing,” said Alexander DeJracia, a fourth semester student in Social Science.

Linn thanked the Dawson’s radio and the Child Studies program who helped organize the event and lent them material for the stage. She assured everybody that the event would probably be back next April for another fundraiser.

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