From our friends at the Triad-based organization Poet.She:
Just in time for summer break, female spoken word and performance group, Poet.She has launched a Fight for Literacy campaign from May 2012 until the new academic school year.
The six-week reading and creative writing after school program has been proven to increase the literacy skills of students at Rankin, Peck, and Jones elementary schools as well as Greensboro Montessori, Guilford, and Kiser middle schools. Due to the high demand of the program needed in schools with little to no budget or resources, Poet.She needs $55,000 for staffing and workshop expenses to spread the program to all 90 elementary and middle schools.
“Students benefit from the program because they have the freedom to creatively express themselves as they strengthen skills needed in their upcoming grade level,” says Poet.She founder, Kelly Williams. “Schools will benefit with lower retention rates and an overall improvement of student academic success.”
The entire Greensboro community is urged to contribute towards increasing reading and writing skills among Guilford County students. Donation boxes are being set up at local and franchised businesses. There will also be Poet.She spoken word events and fundraisers held throughout the summer whose proceeds will go towards the goal.
Poet.She is a female spoken and literary group and non profit organization that strives to strengthen the female prescence in the literary and spoken word community. Founded in 2010 by Kelly Rae Williams and Paula Latham, Poet.She is for women who are passionate about poetry, writing, and literature, but most importantly, share the desire to spread it within the community. The organization consists of performers and writers of anything from poetry, prose, monologues, and fiction to random streams of consciousness. Along with poetry events, members of Poet.She are creative writing teachers and storytellers in the Guilford County schools system, currents teaching at over 4 elementary schools, the Greensboro Children’s Museum, and the Civil Rights Museum. The women are open for show booking, events planning, and public speaking. They have graced over 7 different radio shows, magazines, and newspapers.