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‘Battle of the Bards’ celebrates arts, showcases students’ recitations


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  • Jessica Taylor/Great Hearts Arizona

Great Heart Academies Battle Of The Bards

Great Hearts Academies, Arizona’s largest not-for-profit charter school network, will host the first annual Battle of the Archway Bards this Friday, March 27, at 7 p.m.

The engaging competition will showcase the astounding capabilities of fourth- and fifth-grade students from five Great Hearts academies, who each will recite advanced, complex classic works by well-known authors.

'Battle of the Bards' celebrates arts, showcases students' recitations Battle-of-the-Bards

Great Hearts students study and recite poetry as part of a classical, liberal arts educations.

Great Hearts students participate in a classical liberal arts curriculum that celebrates the role of the written and spoken word in human expression and knowledge.

Each bard will recite a work that is roughly 10 minutes in length; examples include: “The Tables Turned” by William Wordsworth, “When the Frost is On the Punkin” by James Whitcom Riley, and “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe.

This event is open to the public; details are included below:

Date: Friday, March 27, 2015 – program begins at 7 p.m. with winners announced at a reception at 8:30 p.m.
Location: Lund Performing Arts Center at Archway Veritas campus: 3102 N. 56th St., Suite 200, Phoenix, Ariz. 85018
Participating academies: Archway Glendale, Archway North Phoenix, Archway Scottsdale, Archway Trivium, and Archway Veritas.

Great Hearts Academies offers an unparalleled, tuition-free education focused on classical, liberal arts education. The network prepares graduates for success in the most highly selective colleges and universities in the nation, and to be leaders in creating a more philosophical, humane, and just society. Great Hearts’ public schools surpass the best public and private school options in academic outcomes, student moral formation, and comprehensive extra-curricular participation.