Independence teacher Susan Laird expressed pride in each student and congratulated them for their composure and courage. Justine Price, 7, was a hit with the crowd, and all students received participation awards. Debra Steidle earned $100 for her winning recitation of “Light Shining out of Darkness” by William Cowper and “The Children’s Hour” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Debra will represent LUHSD at the Contra Costa County competition next month.
Poetry Out Loud is an annual recitation contest conducted by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. The Contra Costa winner will represent the county in the California State competition, and that winner will go on to compete at the national level.
– Contributed by Susan Laird