Last year in Alaska, more than 4,000 students from 39 high schools took part in the Poetry Out Loud program. The program takes one to three weeks of classroom time. Poetry Out Loud encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition.
During fall and winter, schools participate in classroom and schoolwide contests, with students advancing to the state competition on March 11, 2014. State champions advance to the National Finals on April 29-30 in Washington, D.C. The Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest is presented in Alaska by the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council. High schools that want to be part of the official Poetry Out Loud program must register at http://jahc.org/arts-education/poetry-out-loud . On Sept. 24 and Oct. 1, the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council will hold informational teleconferences for teachers, administrators, and parents. Contact Kari Groven at firstname.lastname@example.org .