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When 100 Thousand Poets for Change presented at the Mead Public Library on Saturday, Sept. 29, the IDEAS Academy students were already prepared. Tad Phippen Wente’s poetry seminar spent the first weeks of school writing and perfecting poems for the event. To practice reading in front of an audience, students presented their poems at Town Hall on Wednesday. With a boost of confidence, they were ready to take on open mic at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.