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Teachers Invited to Sign Up for Annual Poetry Out Loud Competition


Sept. 2, 2010

Media Contacts:

Milly Hough
(803) 734-8698


Misty Moore

(803) 734-8620

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The S.C. Arts Commission, in partnership with the National Endowment of the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, invites high school teachers to register for this year’s Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest.


To sign up, teachers should contact Frances Kablick, program coordinator of the S.C. Literary Arts Partnership, by e-mail or at (803) 734-8639 by Oct. 1.


Teachers have already begun implementing the program, which has been designed to fit into teachers’ busy schedules, in their classrooms this month. Students will progress from classroom to schoolwide contests now through December. School champions will compete in January in one of three regional competitions— Lowcountry, Midlands or Upstate.


Finalists advance to the state competition on March 5, 2011. The state champ receives $200, a $500 stipend to purchase poetry books for their school library, and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., next April to compete in the national finals, where a $20,000 grand prize and $500 stipend for poetry books will be awarded. The state contest runner-up also receives $100 and a $200 poetry book stipend.


Teachers who register will receive free classroom materials, optional lesson plans and access to online resources. POL fosters the next generation of literary readers by capitalizing on the latest trends in poetry—recitation and performance. The program satisfies more than half of the NCTE English/Language Arts Standards, as well as many of the state standards.


More than 90 teachers and 5,000 students from 40 South Carolina high schools participated in last year’s POL contest. Lauren DiNicola, a student at Charleston County School of the Arts, won the 2009-2010 state contest.


Hub City Writers Project, Sumter County Cultural Commission, the Lowcountry Initiative for the Literary Arts, Columbia Museum of Art, S.C. State Department of Education, and the S.C. Literary Arts Partnership (S.C. State Library, the S.C. Arts Commission, and The Humanities Council SC),  are partners in the program. 


About S.C. Arts Commission:
The South Carolina Arts Commission is the state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless of their location or circumstances. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission is celebrating 40 years of increasing public participation in the arts by providing services, grants and leadership initiatives in three areas: arts education, community arts development and artist development. Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., the Arts Commission is funded by the state of South Carolina and by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, visit www.SouthCarolinaArts.com or call (803) 734-8696.