Poetry Out Loud Update!

October 1, 2020 Rita Whitney News 0 Comments

*UPDATE: We can only imagine how hard it is to be an educator right now during these uncertain and challenging times. We hope you are doing well and are hanging in there!  After a good bit of behind-the-scenes deliberation it has been decided that Poetry Out Loud will go ahead this year. But like many programs, it will look different. How you ask? Frankly, we’re not completely sure. Likely it will be virtual at the Regional level. Same with the State and National levels.  

In order for us to begin to make some of these plans and decisions it would be most helpful to know who will be participating, how many schools, and where you’re located. Please reach out to us ASAP with your intention to participate. Even if you can give us an unofficial yes or no, that would be very helpful. Of course we understand the unpredictability of things, but an early indication of how you’re leaning would get us started with planning. 

We are distributing the 2020-2021 Teacher’s Guide electronically this year. If you feel strongly about having one in paper form, please let us know and we’ll make sure you get one.  Otherwise, please access this link.

Hopefully with this confirmation that we’re on this year for Poetry Out Loud you can think through how you can participate. We would be happy to talk through any specific challenges or questions you may have. We are committed to doing what we can to help ease any difficulties you may have with participating. 

Please reach out to your Regional Coordinator:
Hilary Trout at 717-968-6339 or culturalalliancepol@gmail.com with any questions or concerns. Please let us know ASAP if you are interested in participating. We will be happy to work with you. Thank you.

For more information go to the 2020/21 Fact Sheet
Want to participate? Please complete the 2020/21 Registration Form

stARTSomething will once again host the 2020-21 regional finals for Poetry Out Loud (date TBD).  All high school students in Adams, Franklin, Fulton and York counties are eligible to participate in this national recitation contest. Each participating school will send their winner to our regional contest. Our regional winner will virtually join 14 other regional winners at the state finals in Harrisburg (TBD) with the winner proceeding to the national finals (TBD).  Poetry Out Loud is a partnership between the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts (PCA), and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Poetry Out Loud is free and provides standards-based curriculum materials to schools, teachers, and students. 

Questions: Call or email Hilary 717.968.6339 culturalalliancepol@gmail.com

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