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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Poetry Slam! 2012 video of the week: Orr Elementary School


NOTE: Each week, we are featuring a school's performance from the 15th Annual DC SCORES Poetry Slam!, the largest youth slam in the District! During the two-night culminating event of the fall season -- held Nov. 28 at Columbia Heights Education Campus and Nov. 29 at H.D. Woodson High School -- 35 schools had the opportunity to perform original group and solo poems and songs in front of their peers, families and community members. At the end of each night, teams were called back up on stage to receive trophies.

We hope you enjoy this glimpse into the self-expression DC SCORES instills in youth. 

On the second night of the Slam!,four extremely brave students from Orr Elementary School walked onto the stage at H.D. Woodson High School and looked out at a near-capacity audience. The students had never performed poetry in front of strangers before, especially not hundreds of onlookers. This was Orr's first Poetry Slam!, and they had every right to be nervous.

What followed was a courageous 3-minute performance by the Jaguars about school pride, including a verse or two sung in French (a first at a DC SCORES Poetry Slam!). After finishing, the Jaguars exited the stage to great applause from the audience, having impressed during their first of hopefully many Poetry Slam! showings.

To view any performance from the Poetry Slam!, visit the DC SCORES YouTube page.

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