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Good Deed: Honoring Edgar Allen Poe

February 20th, 2009

On February 6, the eighth grade visited the Free Library and the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site to learn more about Poe, that fascinating writer who is enjoying renewed interest in this, his 200th birthday year. At the Library, the students saw manuscripts, written in Poe’s flawless cursive. (A nudge to work toward that Handwriting Award?) In addition, the students met Grip, Charles Dickens’s raven, which many think inspired Poe to write “The Raven.” Because of a very inspiring tour guide, the visit to the Poe House was not only educational, but entertaining as well. The House does not charge an admission fee, but the eighth graders decided to generously donate a sum of money to help toward operating costs. Many thanks to Ms. Leonard, who initiated this enjoyable trip, and thanks, also, to the Eighth Grade for helping to keep a Philadelphia treasure available for others.