Peru State’s Clemente to present children’s programs in April and May.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 11, 2016, 4:00 p.m. CDT
Contact Jason Hogue, Peru State College Marketing and Communications, 402.872.2429

Peru, Nebraska-  Peru State College Professor of English, Dr. Bill Clemente, will present children’s programs on birds and poetry throughout April and early May.

Clemente said, “I love every opportunity to share my enthusiasm for birds and poetry.  I particularly enjoy helping children find the words to describe the beauty of nature and birds in flight.”

On April 13 and 14, Clemente will present Feathers and Verses for the Nebraska Humanities Speakers Bureau at the Platte River Expo in Mahoney Park.  The program introduces youngsters to birds and includes writing short poems or narratives, learning bird names and songs and coloring bird images.  Clemente will speak to fourth and fifth grade classes as organized by the Nebraska Parks and Game Commission.

On April 17, Clemente will be a featured presenter at Words 4 Birds, a program sponsored by the Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center and Nebraska State Poet Twyla Hansen.  Clemente will be working with children from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Ray Scheele will hold a workshop for adults at the same time.  After the workshops, a “bring-your-own” picnic will be held on the prairie, followed by readings by Nebraska poets Clemente, Hansen, Scheele and Amy Plettner. This National Poetry Month event is free and open to the public.

On April 29 and 30, Clemente will also present Feathers and Verses as part of Nebraska City’s Arbor Day events.  The program introduces youngsters to birds and includes writing short poems or narratives, learning bird names and songs and coloring bird images. The program will be held at the Keeping Room from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

On April 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Clemente will share his enthusiasm for birds with both children and adults at the annual Spring Festival at Indian Cave State Park Clemente has presented at the Spring Festival for the past ten years. The event is free and open to the public.

On May 5 and 6, Clemente will again present Feathers and Verses for the Nebraska Humanities Speakers Bureau at the Kearney Expo. The program introduces youngsters to birds and includes writing short poems or narratives, learning bird names and songs and coloring bird images. Clemente will speak to fourth and fifth grade classes as organized by the Nebraska Parks and Game Commission.

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For more information, visit www.peru.edu or call 1-800-742-4412.

About Peru State College: Nestled in the historic hills of the Missouri River, the “Campus of a Thousand Oaks” is Nebraska’s oldest college and will celebrate its sesquicentennial anniversary in 2017.  Peru State College’s constant commitment to academic excellence has resulted in a unique and innovative mix of online, traditional, undergraduate and graduate programs.  Similarly, the college’s ongoing student engagement promotes inquiry, discovery and innovation on-campus and across the region.  Peru State College is committed to being a good steward of education, students, the region and Nebraska for another 150 years.