MCCC Honors English Class Presents Poetry
to Senior Citizens


WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- Mercer County Community College's Honors poetry class read and discussed poems from the 16th to the 21st century with senior citizens on April 29 at the "Poetry Workshop: An InterGenerational Experience." The workshop resulted in fruitful give and take among the students and audience at the Lawrence branch of the Mercer County Library. According to student Jonathan Harmon, "our class members were comfortable because we are so accustomed to working together."

Some of the works read by students included "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" by Christopher Marlowe, and "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd," by Sir Walter Raleigh.


Students in Mercer County Community College's Honors Poetry class are pictured, from left: Bryan Weber, Nisha Rattan, Mackenzie Kimmel, Laura Christiansen, Jonathan Harmon, Tiffany Davis, Katie Johnson, Adrienne Gibbons, Geremy Rosenberg, Anneliese Blommestein and Grace Solak, with Professor Fran Davidson.

The students read Shakespeare sonnets as well as contemporary works by X. J. Kennedy and Carol Ann Duffy. Professor Fran Davidson, who teaches the class, said these high-achieving students understand the importance of giving back. "They have a real sense of sharing what they have learned," she said.

Professor Davidson hopes to continue collaborating with the Lawrence Library. James Damron, Lawrence Library branch manager, welcomes the partnership and was impressed by the students. "It really was a tremendous job by all."

MCCC's Honors Program, coordinated by faculty member Carol Bork, offers an enriched college experience for highly motivated, intellectually curious, academically exceptional students. Those graduating with the Honors designation are exceptionally well prepared for transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

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