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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Poetry Slam! 2012 video of the week: E.L. Haynes Public Charter 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 first night of the Slam!, E.L. Haynes Public Charter Elementary School was one of a handful of schools performing at DC SCORES' signature fall event for the first time. Dressed in a variety of outfits, E.L. Haynes' students got the capacity crowd at Columbia Heights Education Campus clapping with them as they banged clapped their hands in unison, banged bongo drums and described what they do every day during programming.

Then a girl took the microphone and bravely performed the school's solo poem about their soccer team, including the line: "When we're on the field, we keep it real/we're stopping the ball, and that's the deal."

Check out E.L. Haynes' sterling debut performance!

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

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