When I was in fourth grade, a poet came to our school–a small cinder brick building in the middle of the country. He was only there for a day or two, but those hours of learning from him awoke in me a love for language and writing that has stayed with me ever since. Now my children go to little schools in the middle of the country, and I couldn’t be more grateful that they have opportunities to explore so many forms of artistic expression through ASAP! programs. I love watching creativity come alive in children. Local communities flourish when children are able to express themselves and challenge themselves through poetry, painting, dance, and the like. I am honored to participate in ASAP!s work.