Jamboree & Blast
Jamboree & Blast celebrate the completion of the SCORES Program year with an end-of-season soccer tournament, service-learning project presentations, fun team activities, and food. Held independently of each other, the Jamboree brings together all the teams involved in our elementary school program while the Blast is for our middle school poet-athletes.
Similar to Poetry Slam & Voices (see below), these season-end events provide the opportunity for poet-athletes from different schools and neighborhoods to socialize, share their successes, and continue to represent their schools through the SCORES Program.
This is a great opportunity to volunteer and see the SCORES Program in action!
Interested in volunteering? Contact us!
Poetry Slam & Poetry Banquet
The 18th annual America SCORES Boston Slam is a night to celebrate our 360 elementary school poet-athletes. Performing for their friends, family, teachers, principals and special guests, each team astounds the audience with their poetry and team performances. SCORES poet-athletes have been perfecting their team performance throughout the fall while learning different ways to express themselves through creative writing. Passionate writing coaches guide students throughout the year and support students as they find their voice.
The Slam follows a theme that directs how poet-athletes and writing coaches craft their original works. Past themes have included “Walk with me,” "Wouldn't it be nice (if)," and “Last night I dreamt.” The themes elicited strong and personal poems from our poet-athletes. This year will be no different with the theme of "My Generation." Under this year's theme, team poems will focus on one of the following:
The 2016 Slam took place Thursday, November 10 from 5:00-7:00PM at the historic Strand Theatre in Dorchester.
Our Poets' Banquet is an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of a select group of elementary poet-athletes nominated by their writing coaches and determine our annual Poet of the Year. Out of 360 elementary school participants, only 24 are selected as Poet of the Year candidates. The poets are chosen not only for their writing and performance abilities but also for their commitment, leadership and love of poetry. Under the guidance of our writing coaches, poet-athletes attend multiple specialized writing workshops in preparation for their performance at the Poets Banquet. It is months of dedicated work before the nominees take to the mic. A true commitment to showcase these students' very best performances.
These events are a great opportunity to witness the amazing work of SCORES poet-athletes and a chance to celebrate and acknowledge the hard work of every participant in our program. Please join us! - These events are open to the public and free of charge.
Poet of the Year
Congratulations to Anthony H. from the Patrick J. Kennedy Elementary School for winning our 2016 Poet of the Year Award. Anthony, a 5th grader and member of the PJK SCORES team since 3rd grade, performed his poem "I" at our Poets' Banquet held at the Microsoft NERD Center on February 4th. His coach Cynthia Grant-Carter described Anthony as a "courageous and bold poet who always wants to make things better " His confidence on the stage, passion and love for writing, and his commitment to being a positive role model for his teammates and school community are just a few of the reasons why he is is our 2016 Poet of the Year.