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The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and Millersville University: South Central PaARTners are excited to bring back Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest for the 2014-2015 school year.

The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with Arts Agencies in each state to support the expansion of Poetry Out Loud, which encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance. This exciting program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.

What does it take to become involved in Poetry Out Loud?

An individual teacher, a group of teachers, the drama department or club, or an entire school decides to offer this opportunity to students.

Teachers are provided with free curriculum materials including the online poetry anthology, a comprehensive teachers guide, a DVD of National Finals performances,lesson plans, and promotional and media guides.

Each participating school is given the opportunity to send ONE student to the regional competition. It's up to the teachers or organizer to decide how that student is selected.

SCP's region includes Berks, Lancaster, and Lebanon counties.

This year's regional competition will be held Thursday, FEBRUARY 12 AT 7 PM, 2015 at the Ware Center, located at 42 N. Prince St, Lancaster, PA (map)

The winner of the regional contest will then compete in the state competion, to be held in Harrisburg, March 9 - 10, 2015.

The winner fo the state competition will participate in the national finals, in Washington DC in April, 2015.

Schools interested in participating should read our invitation to teachers and submit a participation form to us by January 5, 2015. For additional information, review our fact sheet.

And of course feel free to email us!


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