Monsanto Fund Awards $25,000 to America SCORES St. Louis Funding to Help Support Power of Poetry Event on November 15

ST. LOUIS – America SCORES St. Louis will celebrate the Power of Poetry at the 8th annual Poetry SLAM on November 15 - thanks in part to a $25,000 grant award from the Monsanto Fund. America SCORES students from seven urban elementary schools will take to the stage to perform original poems they’ve created to celebrate the completion of a successful fall season of creative writing.  Based on their performances, two students will be selected to read their poems at a national poetry slam in New York in April, 2013. 

“Through poetry we instill in our students a love of writing, language, and communication,” said Serena Muhammad, Executive Director of America SCORES St. Louis.  “When our students get up onstage and perform their original poetry, they realize that words give them a voice to create change and express themselves. We are honored that Monsanto Fund is supporting our effort to bring arts education to youth.”

“Giving students the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills in the arts is important to a well-rounded education and a bright future,” said Deborah Patterson, president of the Monsanto Fund. “We are proud to support America SCORES and the great literary arts education programs, like the Poetry SLAM, that enable area youth to bring artistic innovation and creativity to the world of words.”

WHO:
3rd-5th grade youth poets from seven urban public elementary schools, a panel of judges including local educators, community leaders and artists.

WHAT:
8th Annual America SCORES Poetry SLAM
Entertainment and activities will be provided for all spectators, and prizes will be awarded for group and individual performances. The event will feature youth poets from Jefferson Elementary, Barack Obama Elementary, and Washington Elementary of the Normandy School District; Nance Elementary, Hamilton Elementary, and Walbridge Elementary of the St. Louis Public School District; and charter school Jamaa Learning Center.

WHERE:
Metro High School, 4015 McPherson Ave, St. Louis, MO 63108

WHEN:
Thursday, November 15, 2012 from 5:30pm-7:30pm

WHY:
America SCORES youth create and perform original poetry each year, improving literacy by engaging in a creative writing curriculum after school. The Poetry SLAM is the culminating event for the America SCORES St. Louis fall season. Reciting poetry onstage is an opportunity to publicly celebrate the accomplishments of SCORES youth, while enhancing their confidence and public speaking skills.