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Summer School Vacation (E.T.A.L.B.E.)Poetry by Luke Easter Salem-News.com
“The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare” - Juma Ikanga, marathon runner from Tanzania
(CLEVELAND) - It is that time of year when young people get their big dose of summer freedom all over the United States, but parents need to ensure that kids keep learning and don't end up with nine months of education, and three months of non-education.
At the head of the list is reading, which is an essential aspect of life and an empowering one. Not only does reading expand a person's horizons and life's imaginations; books and other reading venues are future planners that can provide a reader with tools to get on the road to life.
Sports are a strong part of summer activity, just don't let them dominate life and be the only thing a person does.
The bottom line is that in spite of a lot of good teachers and good intentions, our youth are more challenged than ever to compete in the workplace because of a failing education system that now has federal requirements that are not necessarily making things any better.
Help kids understand the value of continuing education, engage their levels of interest, take them places, teach them about history.
Summer School Vacation (E.T.A.L.B.E.)Summer vacation is almost here & surely you will play,
But do not let these games be the highlight of your day,
For there is only one way to accomplish all your needs,
As the most important thing that you can do is, “READ! ”
Baseball, basketball, football, no ball, whatever you like,
The purpose of any school curriculum is to learn and grow,
I have a friend, who teaches telling his students the very first day,
To find any answer or when in doubt, where would you look?
And the best thing about E.T.A.L.B.E. that makes it so good,
Example of scripture,1st Kings 10: 5, (AB) although not the only one,
If you can find someone to play with you can find a buddy,
You can’t take the test for a promotion and expect to lead,
High school diploma? Nope! Now it takes a college degree,
*“The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare,”
By Luke Easter
*(Quote by, Juma Ikanga, a marathon runner from Tanzania)
Luke Easter is a poet who writes about things that are very close to the heart of Salem-News.com. Another former U.S. Marine, Luke heals the world with an approach that reaches people on a different level, one known for centuries, yet too often forgotten in the one we live in.
We live in a world of social & economic injustice. The main reason for founding America in the first place was to relieve the oppression of the King of England. Patrick Henry said it best, “give me liberty or give me death.” And yet, all too often death seems to be the only way out. Why is there such a high suicide rate especially among teens, in the land of the free & the home of the brave? What makes headlines? Good news? Ha! More depressing stories than anything else. I feel poetry takes an edge off the hurt of bad news while still delivering it but in a, “glitzy” sort of way. Giving a different perspective. Kind of like slap in the face as opposed to a knife in the back. At least with the slap you’ll live to see another day and you will know whom it’s from. I wasn’t here for the beginning of the world but at 59, I just might be here for the end.
Even though it’s still a knife, rhyme poetry helps to dull the blade. And that’s my job. You can write to Luke Easter at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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