Horton prose about a turtle garners her national honours
Salt Springs Elementary School has an award winning poet in their midst.
© ADAM MACINNIS – THE NEWS
Emily Horton uses a computer like device to write poetry on. She recently won second place in a national poetry contest.
This week Emily Horton, a Grade 4 student at the school found out that she has won second place in a CNIB Braille Creative Writing Contest.
The contest was open to braille writers across Canada and Horton won in the poetry section.
Horton says she started writing poetry in Grade 1.
“Sometimes if I’m sad, I’ll write about rain or cloudy days or things that make people sad,” she said. “When I’m happy I’ll write about pizza.”
But the prize-winning piece was about neither rain nor pizza. Instead it was about a turtle. “We sat down and we talked about it and just thought it was a good idea to write about a turtle.”
Horton said she loves poetry because of the sound of it.
Horton has limited vision and started learning braille when she went to school.
She works almost every day with Melanie Weir, APSEA Itinerant teacher for blind and visually impaired students, who has taught her how to write braille to use in both math and writing.
“I’m very proud of her. She’s a very hard worker and very dedicated,” Weir said. “She’s always excited to learn new things.”
As they’ve worked together, Weir has had the chance to read a number of Horton’s poems.
“She has a lot of good visualization in her writing – in her stories and her poetry,” she said.
In addition to the award itself, Horton also won $50. She said she’ll save it and after Christmas decide what she wants to buy with it.
Horton said she plans to keep on writing poetry. She uses a computer type devise that allows her to type with braille to do it.