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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

2012 Poetry Slam! video of the week: Capital City Public Charter 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!, students from Capital City Public Charter School (CCPCS) took the stage at Columbia Heights Education Campus in front of about 400 audience members. It was their first Poetry Slam!, their first showing under the bright lights. They could have froze up, could have spoken shyly into the microphones in front of them.

Instead, decked out in their blue soccer uniforms, the elementary school students confidently recited three poems about teamwork, rattling off lines such as, "Teamwork escalates to an amazing, memorable group" and, "Big or small, short or tall, all together we make a team."

The performance won CCPCS second place among elementary schools in the spoken-word competition, an incredible showing in their first large-scale DC SCORES event. We can't wait to see what the students have in store for the 2013 Slam!.

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

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