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Mr. Ivan, The Principal Poet

Summer Vacation


I've waited for this day for months
School is finally out!
No tests or grades for ninety days.
I let out a mighty shout.

No need for books or pencils.
My homework's really lost.
All projects to the trashcan.
My backpack must be tossed.

The final bell! I race for home
To play in my backyard,
But skidding to a sudden stop
The truth just hit me hard.

I'm thirty minutes into summer.
The school year's finally through,
But I'm already feeling bored.
Without school, what's there to do?

Meet Ivan Kershner

Ivan Kershner, known to students and colleagues alike as Mr. Ivan, has been writing poetry for more than 40 years. During that time he has also been an English teacher in Wyoming, a high school principal in Nebraska and Colorado, an assistant superintendent in Nebraska, and a middle school assistant principal in charge of curriculum and instruction in South Carolina. In 1995, Mr. Ivan received a National Educator Award from the Milken Family Foundation. He also received the Governor's Award for Excellence in Education from Colorado's governor, Roy Romer. Schools or teachers wishing to contact Mr. Ivan may reach him at [email protected].

Article by Ivan Kershner
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