Last weekend, two poet-athletes from Markham Elementary School in Portland performed at the America SCORES National Poetry SLAM! at the Apollo Theatre in NYC. We are so proud to offer these students the opportunity to have their creativity celebrated on a national stage. Woo hoo!
Andres Lopez is a 4th grader who shows great sportsmanship and a good attitude. He loves poetry “because it ROCKS!”
Both students participated in America SCORES this fall, a national program that combines soccer and literacy into an after school curriculum for 3rd-5th graders.We are so excited as this is Portland’s first year participating in the National Poetry SLAM! Dallas and Andres joined 28 other students from 14 America SCORES cities across the country and had the time of their lives. This year’s host was National Soccer Hall of Fame member, John Harkes and the Guest of Honor was New York Red Bulls President of Operations, Chris Heck. Dallas and Andres also met famous soccer players from the New York Red Bulls, shared the stage with smart-rapper – Psalm One, enjoyed a day at Central Park and gained the confidence and pride to perform in front of a packed house at the Apollo.
During the night,
All the creatures come out to bite.
With sharp pointy teeth, and
Large round claws
They’re at the reef,
And out at the malls.There the Loch Ness Monster, Fred,
And the one that hides under your bed,
There’s the cookie monster
But he’s not that scary –
He’s just really hairy!
And he’s blue, but not that mean.
Although if you mention veggies,
Today my name is sleepy
I feel so creepy
I pretend that I am freaky
Yesterday my name was curious
I heard that I was furious
I found a little anger
Tomorrow my name will be “A”
I’ll forget all the hay
But I’ll remember my raise!