T.S. Eliot has a whole book of poetry about cats called Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. That’s 56 pages of feline-filled poems. Clearly Eliot thought cats and poetry make the perfect match. And so does the American Pet Products Association (APPA).
Pets Add Life (PAL), APPA’s nonprofit campaign, is holding its Seventh Annual Pets Add Life Children’s Poetry Contest. Children in 3rd through 8th grade are eligible to participate.
This is a chance for children to express their creative side while also writing about the benefits and joy of having a cat, dog or other pet. I’m sure their poems will be filled with wonderful words about their pets. One student from each grade level (6 in total) will win a pet product gift certificate of $250, plus their name will appear in an online or print publication.
Teachers of these grade levels are able to make this contest part of their lesson plans. Each classroom can submit the poems as a single entry. The winning classrooms will receive a scholarship of $1,000 for their classroom pet or pet-focused education.
The contest runs from September 1, 2014 through January 31, 2015. For more information, visit www.petsaddlife.org.
If your child isn’t in the eligible grade level, but still wants to share a cat poem, post it to our Facebook page. We’d love to read them!