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O’Bannon High School to Host Poetry Competition

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 or Earnestine at or by telephone at 662-374-0215.


The mission of the Greenville Arts Council is to promote the rich cultural heritage of the region and stimulate and encourage cultural activities, arts appreciation, arts education, and the creative works of artists. Some of the responsibilities that help define the Greenville Arts Council as the primary promoter of the arts in our area include offering art classes to children and adults, organizing community events, presenting an ongoing series of free exhibits featuring visual artists from the area and the state, and coordinating educational programs which teach arts-integration in local schools. The Greenville Arts Partnership between the Greenville Arts Council, the Greenville Public School District and our three community arts partners, Delta Center Stage, Delta Symphony Association and the Delta Children’s Museum, is focused on full arts integration in the GPSD elementary schools. Plentiful research documents the value of the teaching in and through the arts to help students understand core academic concepts on a deep level. The partnership was the first in the state of Mississippi accepted into the Kennedy Center Partners in Education Program in 2003, joining over 100 other partnerships between school districts and arts organizations across the country. The partnership provides professional development for teachers, arts experiences for students and resource and referral on arts integration issues. Professional development has been provided in two ways, through workshops with Teaching Artists from the Kennedy Touring Roster and grade-level and/or discipline-specific professional development with our local staff. We present a series of model demonstration lessons to teachers in grades K to 6, demonstrating connections between Partnership free arts programming and required state frameworks. The partner arts groups present a series of live performances allowing each elementary child in the GPSD to attend at least once each year. The groups work with the Arts Council staff to develop accompanying curriculum-based educational material for distribution to teachers prior to each performance. Over the years, we have succeeded in providing basic arts integration training district-wide as well as in-depth professional development to allow groups of teachers to increase their level of mastery.