Coffee House Poetry~4th grade poets: Canyon Creek Elementary NW Austin

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Coffee House Poetry ~4th grade poets~at Canyon Creek Elementary in NW Austin


I’ve been serving on the Canyon Creek Elementary Site Based Advisory Board as a business partner for 17 years since the school opened. As a former teacher I’m interested to keep up with how our community school serves our students.

I was so interested in the annual Fourth grade enrichment activity I asked to see the decorated room where the “Coffee House Poetry” took place.

The walls in the room were draped in black sheets and there was a small platform with a podium and a microphone. There was white tulle draped to form a center stage framing gold letters “Coffee House Poetry.” There were tables draped in black and I had to blink my eyes because I was certain I stumbled into a coffee house and not a classroom!


Students memorized a mentor poem, like Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare, as well as recited two of their very own original poems! The fun part is they invited their families and served them coffee, hot cocoa and muffins while they presented their performances! A student was chosen as an MC and introduced each student. The 4th grade was a buzz in excitement over their performance last week!


I’m impressed with the creativity of this event and exposing students to shed their inhibitions and be comfortable in front of an audience. These are skills learned in conjunction with the objective of writing and composing their own work.


It’s not a wonder the Canyon Creek Elementary is held in such regard and always leads the scoreboard on the highest rankings in the RRISD. The staff cares about nurturing these students to become well rounded leaders of tomorrow!


PS:  If you are considering a move to NW Austin please consider Canyon Creek a premier master planned community. To learn more about Canyon Creek visit our interactive website we provide for the neighborhood. If you are a property owner interested in knowing current market values in the area..reach out to me at 512-346-1799 or  I live work and play in Canyon Creek and have been selling Canyon Creek for 24 years! I offer you hands on Professional guidance for all your real estate needs.


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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

What a wonderful experience for those kids. I'm sure the parents were very proud.  Sounds like a lot of fun for all involved!

Dec 10, 2014 04:57 AM #1
Tamra Lee Ulmer
Arizona Resource Realty - Payson, AZ
FORCE~NRBA ~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!

Dorie, sounds like a great School, and such a beneficial, fun event for the Children!

Dec 10, 2014 05:05 AM #2
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

What a wonderful program for the kids.  They get an opportunity to explore and understand poetry and literature in an updated and relevant way.

Dec 10, 2014 06:54 AM #3
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Sharon: I love the kids are having so much fun while learning!

Hi Tamra: The staff really create an atmosphere conducive to learning and having fun.

Hi Joanna: Yes they do and I think it's exciting for the kids to be introduced to poetry and literature in this manner!

Dec 10, 2014 07:28 AM #4
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

Dorie Dillard ....Great event ...especially for kids ...I bet the parents are very proud! You do an amazing job promoting everything in AUSTIN!

Dec 10, 2014 07:44 AM #5
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Rob: These parents have got to be so proud of their students!!!

Dec 10, 2014 09:15 AM #6
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Such a nice and educational idea for Canyon Creek Elementary in NW Austin Dorie. You really made this interesting.

Dec 10, 2014 10:37 AM #7
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Noah: CCE is an amazing school!!!

Dec 10, 2014 10:48 AM #8
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Dorie, Canyon Creek Elementary is an exceptional school. What a great opportunity for the kids.

Dec 10, 2014 11:04 AM #9
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I think it's great that students are encouraged to get up and speak in front of others. Hopefully this experience will serve them well in the future.

Today, as president of my local board, I stood up at our monthly meeting and led the meeting. My past experiences in public speaking and the plays I did in school really prepared me for this. 

Dec 10, 2014 11:06 AM #10
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Those fourth graders are way ahead of their time. This is creative thinking at its best.

Dec 10, 2014 11:12 AM #11
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Dorie. Sounds like truly progressive school that get the kids involved with such an event. Must be neat reading some of the work that the kids did.

Dec 10, 2014 06:12 PM #12
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

This sounds like such a wonderful event, Dorie Dillard .  There was nothing like this back in my 4th grade days.

Dec 10, 2014 08:26 PM #13
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Beth: Yes it is!

Hi Debbie: I do too!

Hi Debbie: Yes they fortunate to attend a school like this one!

Hi Joe: The principal and staff are amazing!

Hi Gabe: I agree..we were not offered this kind of creativity in the classroom!

Dec 10, 2014 08:36 PM #14
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Sounds like a great activity that parents and students can both appreciate....soooo creative !

Dec 11, 2014 06:54 PM #15
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Coffee House Poetry looks like a wonderful program.

Have a great day and an outstanding weekend.

Dec 11, 2014 07:41 PM #16
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Sally: I agree!

Hi Roy: It is for sure!

Dec 11, 2014 07:54 PM #17
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