Marathon Center hosting Poetry Out Loud semifinal


Northwest Ohio Poetry Out Loud regional semifinal: 7 to 9 p.m. Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, 200 W. Main Cross St., Findlay. Free, open to public.

FINDLAY — The Northwest Ohio Poetry Out Loud regional semifinal will be at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, 200 W. Main Cross St., Findlay.

Five students will recite poems in two rounds. One will be selected to move on to the finals in Columbus on March 6. The event is free and open to the public.

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Courtesy of Marathon Center for the Performing Arts:

Poetry Out Loud encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life. Created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud is administered in partnership with the State Arts Agencies of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Teachers, librarians, or administrators register their high schools each year with the Ohio Arts Council and organize contests with one class, several classes, or a whole school. Contests, workshops, and multi-media program materials, including curricula, are free. Poetry Out Loud is aligned with Common Core and NCTE standards.

This is the fourth year that Marathon Center for the Performing Arts has served as the Northwest Ohio Regional Partner for this program which is sponsored by the Ohio Arts Council.

For additional program information, visit the Ohio Poetry Out Loud Facebook page or oac.ohio.gov/poetryoutloud. For information about the event, contact Education Director Craig VanRenterghem at education@mcpa.org.

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Northwest Ohio Poetry Out Loud regional semifinal: 7 to 9 p.m. Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, 200 W. Main Cross St., Findlay. Free, open to public.

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