Local entrepreneur sets stage for inaugural Dallas ISD poetry slam with $10,000 in scholarship award

Roland Parrish


More than 100 students from 60 schools will participate in the inaugural Dallas ISD Poetry Slam. Fifth-grade students will compete for $10,000 in awards, presented by local businessman and entrepreneur, Roland Parrish. Winners will receive three scholarship awards: first place ($5,000), second place ($3,000) and third place ($2,000). Winners will also have the opportunity to perform at the annual Read for Me event taking place Saturday, March 23 at W.H. Adamson High School.


5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, March 7


Edison Learning Center 2940 Singleton Blvd. Dallas, TX 75212


This event is open to the media.

Interviews available for competing students. Mr. Parrish will be present and available for interviews.

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“Me, My Community, and My Future” challenged students to write and perform poetry related to their community. Each participating school held poetry slams where they selected first and second place winners to advance to the district competition. This competition is a collaborative effort of the Dallas ISD Reading Language Arts Department and the Racial Equity Office, which partnered with Flocabulary, an educational learning program, to give students an opportunity to express themselves through the art of poetry and performance.

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