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BU Hosts 38th Annual Poetry and the Children Day

Binghamton University is cultivating creative young minds through poetry.

Wednesday more than 400 students from 35 schools across the Southern Tier gathered at BU for the 38th annual Poetry and the Children Day.

Students listened to peer poetry readings and heard from author and poetry editor Tara Betts.

In today's technology- centered world Betts says poetry helps children relate to others.

According to Betts, "Poetry helps us build empathy. We understand people's experiences. We learn how to walk in their shoes and think about, what would they say... what do they think. In doing that maybe we understand what this person is going through."

The annual program is held as a memorial for former BU creative writing instructor and published poet Robert Pawlikowski who passed away in 1975.