In the spirit of the nationally recognized high school poetry competition, Poetry Out Loud, the Floyd and Bessie Johnson Foundation is pleased to announce a partnering with O’Bannon Middle School faculty to present a version for middle school students to get started early with their prose and presentation skills!
The upcoming Middle School Poetry Competition will have local judges. Prizes will be presented to the winning poets! Participation in this event is open to all middle school students (grades 7-8) throughout the city of Greenville. Practice sessions were held on Saturdays in February at the O’Bannon High School Library (address: 1203 S Raceway Rd, Greenville, MS 38703). Additional sessions may be arranged so any prospective participants need to call or send an e-mail with interest to stay informed and for a list of allowed poems.
Students should use the front entrance to the building. Principal Derrick Cook (TEL. 662-820-8862) will be on hand, along with Ms. Marilyn McCorkle, host teacher for the event.
Foundation Vice-President, Jacqueline Smith and guests, will be working with the middle school students on stage presence and other essential presentation skills for the competition.
Author and Poet, Ms. Shayla Turner, will be one of the judges but also will be reciting poetry from her new book and presenting additional prizes to the students during the competition.
COMPETITION DATE: March 16, 2013 TIME: 1:00 pm CST
For opportunities to get involved with this event or simply to come out and
encourage the young people , please contact Ms. McCorkle at firstname.lastname@example.org or Earnestine at Earnestine@fandbjohnsonfoundation.org or by telephone at 662-374-0215.