Bellew Third-Graders Visit Walt Whitman’s Birthplace

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Third-graders at Bellew recently visited the birthplace of one of America’s greatest poets, Walt Whitman. During their tour of this New York State Historic Site, a newly restored farmhouse built circa 1819 by Whitman’s father, students examined 19th-century furniture, including an old schoolmaster’s desk, and experienced what life was like when Walt Whitman grew up on Long Island. They also learned about Whitman’s poetry techniques and had the opportunity to become writers themselves.

“The excitement was definitely felt as students read poems they wrote about their favorite animals, using a technique learned at the Whitman birthplace,” said Principal Rhonda Pratt.