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The 10th Annual LPS Poetry Slam, hosted by Nate Thompson, LPS’s director of social, emotional, and behavior services, and Jovan Mays, national slam poetry champion, was held virtually on November 17, 2020. Over 20 students from Arapahoe, Heritage, Littleton, and Options high schools participated in this powerful--and empowering--event.
Students worked with Jovan in virtual workshops prior to the LPS Poetry Slam. Jovan cares deeply about helping kids find and share their voice. Each student was able to share one poem, and five finalists, selected by judges who watched and scored remotely, shared a second poem.
This year’s participants were:
This event is sponsored by the Littleton Public Schools Foundation. “The Poetry Slam is our favorite event to support. It gives kids the opportunity to share their thoughts, ideas, and experiences in a safe and non-judgmental space with the power of their voice and written word,” said Beth Best, the LPS Foundation’s executive director. Nate Thompson said, “I’m always amazed at how our student voices can capture the truth about their experience in the world.”
Thank you to all of the poets who shared their work! It was a truly inspiring and emotional event.