"Well I stood up straight and spoke clearly," said second-grader Daniel Allard, explaining the secret to a good poetry reading. "I said the words like 'BANG' and 'SWISH' really loud."
Allard, who read "Hockey Time," his ode to the aggressive sport, was one of the celebrated poets from Mountain Avenue Elementary who performed art for parents and friends Friday night at Higley's Coffee House in La Cañada Flintridge.
The second to sixth-grade students are part of the extended learning program, the school's after-school day care program.
Unlike other after-school programs, the extended learning programs offered by the Glendale Unified School District employ certified teachers and include a curriculum that follows state standards, said program teacher Laurie Novak, who has been with the program for two years. The after-school program just does it in a more relaxed setting than the traditional classroom and tends to include more art and performing.