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2005 Poetry Slam

December 2004 was an extremely difficult month for the students, faculty, and staff at the IDEA Public Charter School in Northeast Washington, DC, as they were irrevocably impacted by two probable cases of arson in less than two weeks.

To aid in the healing process, CWLA introduced an innovative poetry curriculum to IDEA's 11th and 12th grade humanities students. This unique project culminated as these impassioned and articulate youth spoke out during CWLA's first-ever Youth Poetry Slam, sponsored by the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel and held during CWLA's National Conference, was a highlight of the conference for our nearly 1,300 attendees.

The poems, performed so passionately and articulately, continue to inspire us at CWLA as we work to advocate for children, youth, and families every single day.


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