Raleigh, N.C. — High School teachers across North Carolina have until Friday, Oct. 14, to register for a national poetry recitation competition, Poetry Out Loud, sponsored by the North Carolina Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Society and the Greensboro Public Library.
Poetry Out Loud, now in its seventh year, is designed for high school students in grades nine through 12 in public, private and home schools. Last year, approximately 9,800 students across N.C. participated in the program.
The program starts in the classroom, expands to the state level and culminates at the national finals in Washington, D.C., May 13–15, 2012. Students learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage.
Teachers can register online now through 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14.
A variety of resources are available for teachers, students and poetry lovers everywhere at the NEA’s Poetry Out Loud website, www.poetryoutloud.org. Interested teachers should complete the online registration form by Friday, Oct. 14. To learn more, contact Banu Valladares, Arts in Education Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (919) 807-6502, or visit www.ncarts.org/freeform_scrn_template.cfm?ffscrn_id=247.
About the North Carolina Arts Council
The North Carolina Arts Council works to make North Carolina The Creative State where a robust arts industry produces a creative economy, vibrant communities, children prepared for the 21st century and lives filled with discovery and learning. The Arts Council accomplishes this in partnership with artists and arts organizations, other organizations that use the arts to make their communities stronger and North Carolinians — young and old — who enjoy and participate in the arts. www.ncarts.org.
The N.C. Arts Council is a division of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina’s social, cultural and economic future. Information on Cultural Resources is available at www.ncculture.com.