The Parent Pulse

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

A series of animated short films featuring poems penned by preschoolers got a green light after an 11th-hour rally on Kickstarter.

Columbus poet Nancy Kangas worked with students at Columbus Early Learning Centers on the Near East Side to write the poems, which they dictated to her. They were filmed reading their work in May. Now, with a $5,000 grant from the Ohio Arts Council and $15,035 from the Kickstarter campaign, Kangas and Josh Kun of Oakhouse Films will hire an animator to bring six of the stories to the screen.

The poems are silly, sweet and even insightful. Two examples from the Kickstarter page:

• "I am a volcano. And you are another volcano. And we wear big hats."

• "I kiss my sister and my brother. The snowmen melt."

After the 30- to 60-second shorts are complete, Kangas said they'll likely be posted on YouTube and Vimeo and perhaps shown at the Gateway Film Center.

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