Elementary school students from across Boston will take the stage Thursday at Dorchester’s Strand Theater for a night of slam poetry.
Put on by America SCORES Boston, a non-profit afterschool program, the 14th annual event will bring together 360 students for a night of poetry surrounding the theme of “My American Dream.”
“The night lets us empower all these students from across Boston’s neighborhoods and allows them to have their own voice,” said Joseph Smith, a development associative with America SCORES.
The third- through fifth-grade students will perform their pieces with their teams Thursday in front of a packed house, showing the community what they think makes their neighborhood, school, and vision unique.
“I think the whole idea of giving them a voice to express themselves is a big thing,” said Smith. “It will be interesting to hear these students express who they are.”
The program is just part of the America SCORES Boston afterschool program, which works throughout the city to provide students with a place to go once the school day ends.
“There is often a void when the bell rings and when their parents come home,” said Smith. “Our program helps combat all the different issues students face throughout their day with soccer, poetry, service, and learning.”
Thursday’s event, which is free and will run from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m., will include students from the Gardner Elementary School in Allston; the Marshall, Mather, and Clap elementary schools in Dorchester; the McKay and PJ Kennedy elementary schools in East Boston; the Grew Elementary School in Hyde Park; the Hennigan and John F. Kennedy elementary schools in Jamaica Plain; the Mattahunt and Mildred Avenue elementary schools in Mattapan; and the Orchard Garden Elementary School in Roxbury.