Schools Outreach Program
Open to all schools and youth organizations in Cochise County
WHO ARE WE:
❖ The Cochise Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering (CCPMG),
a non-profit organization, preserves and perpetuates our
cowboy legacy through its program every February when
poets and musicians gather to celebrate this heritage.
❖ On Feb 3-5, 2017, we will be celebrating our 25th year.
This year’s theme is Silver Screen Cowboys.
❖ The youth component of CCPMG is the Western Heritage
Schools Outreach Program (WHSOP). The WHSOP would
like to partner with schools and youth organizations to
promote literacy and personal growth.
❖ The program is designed to encourage all students in
grades 3rd through12th to learn western history and
culture, write poetry, and enter their poem into our poetry
❖ Youth Poetry contest open to all 3rd through 12th graders.
Refer to: contest rules and entry form link below
BENEFITS to Schools and Youth Organizations:
❖ Western heritage teaching resources
❖ Poetry writing in compliance with Arizona education writing
❖ The opportunity to receive a professional visiting Cowboy
poet, musician or story teller on February 2 or 3, 2017
❖ Adjunct instructor/ WHSOP volunteer to lead discussion/
Link to all Form and Guidlines here
❖ The Cochise Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering will
recognize six categories of winners: First Grand, Second
Grand, First Place, Second Place, Third Place and
❖ The CCPMG may award up to five $1000 scholarships to
seniors. The Cochise Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering
has dedicated one of the five scholarships to Roy “Bud”
Strom and will henceforth be known as the “Bud Strom
❖ All student winners and their families will be invited to the
annual Poetry Contest Winners’ Party – called the “Cowpie
❖ The First Grand, Second Grand, and 1st through 3rd Place
winners may receive a small monetary prize contingent
upon performing their poems from memory on stage at
❖ All winners will have their poems published in the
Saddlebag of Poems and receive a complimentary copy.
❖ All student winners will have the opportunity to have their
photograph taken by a professional photographer and
have their picture included in the Saddlebag of Poems.
❖ All student winners and their parents will receive
complimentary tickets to The Gathering when the student
winner is performing.
❖ WHSOP volunteer is prepared to visit your school and
make a poetry presentation on the day of your choosing
between August 24 and October 28, 2016.
❖ We offer three levels of presentations depending on your
needs and time constraints: “Just the Facts” (15 minutes),
“The Facts plus Cowboy Life” (45 min) or “Let’s Talk about
Cowboy Poetry” (45 min- 1hour).
❖ Poems entered into the contest will be due no later than
November 15, 2016.
Brown Canyon Ranch:
The Western Heritage Schools Outreach Program is proud to partner with Friends of Brown Canon Ranch. Each fall, Brown Canon Ranch opens to school age groups letting them experience and learn about life on an Arizona ranch at the turn of the last century with interactive activities to spur the students imagination. Find out more about Brown Canyon Ranch.