SIS students mark National Poetry Month by meeting prominent poet


Some students of Saipan International School recently got together in a virtual meeting with published poet Alicia Hogan Murphy in celebration of National Poetry Month.

Even in this time of social distancing, teachers and school children across the U.S. celebrated April as National Poetry Month and SIS elementary students joined in on the holiday in several ways, one of which was a visit from Murphy, who is also an American children’s author.

According to SIS headmaster Ron Snyder, SIS elementary students and their parents joined together for a virtual visit on Google Meet with Murphy last week.

“Mrs. Murphy, a former elementary school teacher from the East Coast, shared some delightful poems from her book, Bear Hugs and Sock Bugs. She inspired SIS friends to remember that they are special and to embrace their uniqueness. With humor and warm acceptance, she took time to listen and respond to student comments and questions and shared the stories behind her poetry book, and behind her first published picture book, which is The Muddy Foot Prince,” he said.

Snyder said the children and parents responded positively to her presentation and some families ordered copies of her books, which Murphy agreed to autograph.

“Mrs. Murphy told her new SIS fans a little bit about another book she is working on about an endearing character named Crabby Abby who often seems prone to misbehave. Murphy told the families of SIS that she really enjoyed meeting with them and the feeling was definitely reciprocated,” Snyder said.

After meeting with SIS students, Snyder said Murphy expressed a willingness to share the program with any other elementary school whose administrators might be interested in having her present for their students and parents.

For more information about Murphy and her books, visit her website at

Kimberly Bautista | Reporter
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