The 7th Grade Poetry Foundation (7GP) provides free school-based poetry contests to every 7th grade student, in every type of school, in every community. 7GP seeks to create a national educational literary arts rite of passage that helps develop our nation’s best and most diverse generation of poet laureates. We unite families, educators and communities nationwide through 7th grade poetry.
Why 7th Grade?
Reading and writing poetry is a part of the standardized curriculum for 7th grade classrooms in nearly every state in the country. This is partially due to the Common Core State Standards Initiative, a nationwide program developed by teachers, school administrators and experts, to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare children for college and the workforce. 7GP designed its approach to enhance school-based outcomes.
How We Accomplish Our Mission
With our collaborators, 7GP provides any school with a 7th grade classroom the incentives to encourage students to compete in our sponsored poetry writing contests. Students are asked to write a poem in any style on any topic. Each school picks one winning poem. 7GP publishes anthologies of each community’s winning poems and donates them to the winning students, participating school libraries and public libraries. We host a filmed poetry reading event to showcase the schools’ poet laureates presenting their own poems before invited family members and educators. A film of the event will be produced and aired online. Each winning student will receive a cash prize.
Aaron Williams, Board President; President, Aaron Consulting, Inc.
Robert F. Boyle, Board Vice President; CEO, justine PETERSEN
Leo G. "Gary" Stoff, Jr., Board Secretary; St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners
Elizabeth J. Cassady, Board Treasurer; McGladrey LLP
Michael P. Grady, Ph.D., Board Member; Professor and Former Chair, Depts. of Communication and Educational Studies, St. Louis University
Bonnie J. Kruger, Board Member; Professor of the Practice and Costume Director, Washington University in St. Louis
Kerstin Adelt, Film Production Consultant
Husch Blackwell LLP, Legal Counsel
Emily Render, Render Writing Services, Communications Consultant
Matt Ruzicka, Web Developer