The United States Library of Congress is in charge of appointing the national Poet Laureate. This tradition began in the U.S. in 1937. The current Poet Laureate is Charles Simic .
You can read his poem “At the Library” here.

Literacy Through Poetry gives graduate students and elementary students an opportunity to communicate and learn together through poetry.

http://literacy.colostate.edu/poetry.html

This brief report from the Ohio Literacy Resource center describes some ways (and presents some “whys”) for using poetry in adult literacy education.
http://literacy.kent.edu/Oasis/Pubs/0300-26.pdf

The Academy of American Poets has a wealth of information and ideas for celebrating National Poetry Month http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/102

Former United States Poet Laureate Billy Collins has initiated a literacy program called Poetry 180, targeted at high school libraries and classrooms. http://www.loc.gov/poetry/180/