BNS/BCS Library Poetry Project

"Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" by Walt Whitman

THE BNS/BCS POETRY PROJECT

Library Presents Its First Community Poetry Project: Crossing Brooklyn Ferry

The BNS/BCS Library is excited to share our community reading of Walt Whitman’s Crossing Brooklyn Ferry. We selected this poem as our first community read for several reasons.


First, the poem’s setting is one physically and emotionally near to us: Brooklyn and the East River. Each of our students during their time at BNS and BCS has the opportunity to make that same crossing as they venture forth on class field trips or expeditions, returning to our school at the end of their day.


Not only is the setting one which resonates with us, but the poem reflects a democratic belief central to our school community: regardless of our backgrounds, we are united in our shared humanity. While our preschoolers experience that in different ways than our twelfth graders, the idea remains constant: though we come from different homes, different cultures, different traditions and languages, we are all part of the BNS/BCS human family.


THANK YOU BNS PARENT MIA BARKER FOR YOUR INCREDIBLE SKILL AND PASSION FOR THE PROJECT.