The fourth grade class shared a poetry presentation at Friday Flag last week in which they presented poems called “Behind My Mask.” In the poems, students expressed some of the relatable thoughts and feelings they had been having “behind their masks” during this challenging time. One student expressed his “awe at the world and what is has become,” while others hoped for world peace and safety for their families. One poet noted that “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” and another dreamed of teaching his own children how to “be kind” one day. As they shared, the students realized that not only were they experiencing similar emotions, but that the rest of the world was as well. Sharing their poetry both in class and at Flag gave the students an opportunity to connect with each other and the Saklan community, and enabled them to view the world from a more global perspective.