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for parents

Parents have often been the impetus for Poetry Out Loud programs in the schools, either through the efforts of individual parents, or the PTA/O.

Poetry Out Loud is open to all New Jersey students grades 9-12 (or the equivalent) in public, charter, parochial, special programs, and home school programs. All competitions begin at the school level.  The minimum requirements to register for a competition are two interested students and a sponsoring teacher or administrator. For the school competition, three judges, an accuracy judge, and a scorekeeper are required. These can be teachers, parents, or members of the community.

We encourage you to contact a teacher or school administrator, or work through your school’s Parent-Teacher Organization. Feel free to get in touch with us, as we may be able to help you find a contact at your school.

Learn more about How It Works.