Michelle Obama is known for her efforts to combat childhood obesity, but on Monday she announced a different kind of program: poetry.
On Monday, the first lady launched the National Student Poets Program, which will give five U.S. high school student poets the chance to serve as literary ambassadors, Reuters reported.
What you learn through reading and writing poetry will stay with you throughout your life, the first lady said in a statement. It will spark your imagination and broaden your horizons and even help your performance in the classroom.
The first lady held a poetry student workshop at the White House back in May. She spoke about the benefits creative writing can provide.
When I was young, I was a passionate creative writer and sort of a poet, she said before a crowd of student poets. That's how I would release myself.
The first winners of the new poetry program will be announced next summer, Reuters reported.
It sounds great, Poets & Writers magazine editor Kevin Larimer told IBTimes. Anything that's going to get poetry to younger people is a positive.