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Central Standard Friday - 4/20/2010
Poetry in Schools

April is National Poetry Month and one way the nation will observe the occasion is with the annual Poetry Out Loud competition, in which 325,000 students around the country recite poems, culminating with a national championship next week in Washington, D.C. The program has only been around four years, but poetry has been part of English classes for generations. The question is: Why? What does poetry add to a studentís learning that one canít get any other way? KCURís Elana Gordon explores the place of poetry in schools as we welcome two high school sophomores who were among the top finishers in the Missouri and Kansas competitions, as well as educators who are putting poems to work in the classroom.

Michelle Kirk, language arts teacher, Highland Park High School, Topeka; Kansas state coordinator for Poetry Out Loud
Casha Mills, sophomore, Shawnee Mission North High School; winner, Kansas State Poetry Out Loud competition
Virginia Brackett, English professor, Park University; regional coordinator, Missouri Poetry Out Loud
Siera Willis, sophomore, Main Street Academy, Grandview; regional winner and first Missouri runner-up, Poetry Out Loud competition

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