Participate in Poetry Out Loud

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The Poetry Out Loud program seeks to foster the next generation of literary readers by capitalizing on the latest trends in poetry: recitation and performance. Poetry Out Loud competitions start in the classroom, then at the school, region, state, and national finals, similar to the structure of the spelling bee. The national initiative is part of an attempt to bring literary arts to students, a critical need in U.S. schools, according to a 2004 NEA report Reading at Risk that found a dramatic decline in literary reading, especially among younger readers.

IMPORTANT DATES

COUNTY COMPETITION:

February 11, 2021

STATE COMPETITION:

March 15, 2021

NATIONAL FINALS:

May 27, 2021

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The Arts and Culture Commission of Contra Costa County is proud to be your local sponsor of Poetry Out Loud. Let the memorizing begin!

NEW SCHOOL:

If any high school in our county wishes to participate please email: staff@ac5.cccounty.us

The Poetry Out Loud Coordinator works with each school to assist teachers, library staff, or others who want to set up a poetry competition. We can even supply a Teaching Poet to coach your students.

With our POL Coordinator, a Teaching Poet and YOUR help, your students can experience this great program.