The South Carolina Arts Commission invites high school teachers to participate in Poetry Out Loud, a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition. Students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage while gaining an appreciation of poetry. Beginning at the classroom level, winners advance to the school-wide competition, then to the state competition and ultimately to the national finals in Washington, D.C.
Poetry Out Loud is designed to fit into a teacher’s busy schedule without much disruption. The program can take place over two to three weeks, according to each teacher’s interest and schedule, and does not require full class periods during that time.
Last year more than 4,000 S.C. students participated, with Sam Guttshall of Charleston being crowned state winner and advancing to nationals. This year, more than 200,000 students are expected to take part nationwide.
Sign-up deadline is Nov. 2. For more information, visit the Poetry Out Loud web page or contact Frances Kablick Keel.
Sam Guttshall of Charleston was the 2012 South Carolina Poetry Out Loud champion.