Po­etry com­pe­ti­tion aims to help stu­dents love lit­er­acy

South Florida Times - - METRO - Staff Re­port

MI­AMI – Homestead-Mi­ami Speed­way is con­tin­u­ing its com­mit­ment of in­spir­ing stu­dents to be­come champions in the class­room through cre­ative writ­ing. Re­cently, the or­ga­ni­za­tion part­nered with the Omari Hard­wick blu­ap­ple Po­etry Net­work of the Ja­son Taylor Foun­da­tion to kick off the sec­ond an­nual “Write Track Po­etry” com­pe­ti­tion with a pep rally at Gate­way En­vi­ron­men­tal K-8 Learn­ing Cen­ter in Homestead.

The event, which hosted more than 450 mid­dle school stu­dents, pro­vided stu­dents with an en­ter­tain­ing av­enue to get ex­cited about cre­ative writ­ing and lit­er­acy through po­etry with a fo­cus on NASCAR.

Stu­dents were shown videos from past part­ner­ships of the pro­gram and were then treated to spoken-word per­for­mances from mem­bers of the blu­ap­ple Po­etry Net­work.

The Write Track Po­etry pro­gram in­spires stu­dents to put pen to pa­per and com­pose po­ems. This year, stu­dents from 13 Mi­ami-Dade County mid­dle schools will sub­mit a poem based on the topic, “What is Your Legacy?”

As part of this year’s com­pe­ti­tion, the top three po­etry pieces in each grade (6-8) from all 13 schools will be awarded two tick­ets to the NASCAR XFIN­ITY Se­ries Ford Eco­Boost 300 cham­pi­onship race at Homestead-Mi­ami Speed­way on Saturday, Novem­ber 18.

The school with the high­est per­cent­age of par­tic­i­pa­tion will re­ceive a do­na­tion from Homestead-Mi­ami Speed­way’s char­i­ta­ble out­reach pro­gram, “Driv­ing for a Cause.”

Of the 13 schools, the top-three po­ets over­all will have the unique op­por­tu­nity to be driven to school in the Homestead­Mi­ami Speed­way Of­fi­cial Pace Car.

At the con­clu­sion of the com­pe­ti­tion, one of those top-three po­ets will be given the chance to have their piece pro­fes­sion­ally recorded, pro­duced and played prior to the start of the Ford Eco­Boost 300.

The win­ners will be an­nounced Oct. 23.

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