In 2009 the City of Houston began Citizenship Month, celebrating the many faces of Houston. This month long initiative includes hundreds of activities that take place around the greater Houston are to celebrate the diversity of Houston. The activities range from luncheons, banquets, sporting events, a variety of cultural arts installations and performances, and much more. Students from Harmony Public Schools and the Houston Independent School District have participated in a Houston Citizenship Month poetry writing contest. To participate in this contest, campuses within those school systems submitte dthe most compelling poems by their students for the City of Houston Citizenship Month competition that is coordinated by the University of Houston-Downtown. During the first week in November, the Citizenship Month event entitled ‘I am a Poet’ featured poems by students in celebration of the life of poetry that thrives in the greater Houston metropolitan area. The poems displayed within the Harris County Library system are a few of those written by the local students to celebrate Citizenship Month. To learn more about Citizenship Month please visit www.citizenshipmonth.org.
Mr. Edward Melton, Harris County Library Director, poses with some poems from the “I am a Poet” competition to celebrate Citizenship Month 2015. Poems from this compeititon will be displayed within the Harris County Libraries (Clear Lake, Spring, and West University Branches), the Houston Public Library (McKinney Street downtown), and in the College of Public Service and the Center for Public Service and Family Strengths at the University of Houston-Downtown, 1200 Commerce Street in downtown Houston. To read more about these poems, please visit the Harris County Library website.