Wednesday, May 16, 2012


On Friday afternoon, 600 America SCORES poet-athletes made their presence known at the Douglas Park.  At the annual SHOUT! Community Service Day, opposing teams from different neighborhoods and schools worked together to clean up the park- throwing away almost 30 big, black garbage bags of trash.

Students meticulously combed the area for plastic bottles, candy bar wrappers, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos bags and napkins, and put them where they belong: in the garbage cans.

When students were not working to clean their park, they were working to get to know one another.  Each student was paired with someone from a different team and filled out a Teammate Interview worksheet.  SHOUT gives students time to learn about the opposing team and put a name to the faces they see each week.  Learning how much you have in common with your “opponents” is a big step in building bridges throughout the community. 

After all the trash was thrown away and new friends were made, poet-athletes got to do what they do best: play soccer!

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