A record 43 Connecticut high schools have registered to participate in the 11th annual Poetry Out Loud national recitation contest. The Connecticut Office of the Arts, which stages the Poetry Out Loud program in partnership with Connecticut Humanities, encourages high school students to learn about poetry through memorization, performance, and competition.
Of the 43 schools, nine are new to the program this year. Participating schools include Joel Barlow, and high schools in Bethel, New Milford, Newtown, and Ridgefield.
Visiting poet-teachers are helping to prepare students for contests. The winners advance to a state competition on March 15th. The Connecticut State Champion will advance to the National Finals in May.