Poetry Out Loud is designed to encourage students to learn poems by heart so that they may grow in their appreciation of the genre and its history as a tool for preserving community and culture. Since 2005, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with state arts agencies to sponsor this national program of poetry recitation. Students choose poems from among those listed on the official website (www.poetryoutloud.org) and begin competing at the classroom level. The winners from each classroom then compete to determine a school-wide winner who will represent the school at the regional contest. The regional winners must be present at a state competition. Finally, after the state winners are chosen, they will compete in the National Finals in Washington. Ms. Surat, Ms. Arnold, Ms. Williams, and Dr. Spencer have classes who will be participating this year. Ms. Surat is the school coordinator. Dr. Wendy Ellis will serve as one of the school judges.
Classroom contests will be held between November 1 and November 12. Then classroom winners will compete to determine the school champion. School prizes of Barnes and Noble gift certificates will be awarded to first, second, and third place winners. At the state level, the winner receives $200 and an all expenses paid trip to Washington for the National Finals. In addition, the state winner’s school library receives $500 for the purchase of poetry books. The National Champion receives a $20,000 award.
Winners will be announced after November 15.