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2011.11.16 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

UNO Service Learning Academy Brings UN Refugee Agency, Lutheran Family Services to Central High Nov. 17

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Service Learning Academy (SLA) is bringing the United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) Deputy Director Cathy Finney and Nellie Beyen, of Lutheran Family Services, to speak to 200 Central High School students.

The event, which is part of a part of a P-16 service learning project developed in partnership with Hike to Help Refugees, will take place on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 9:20 a.m.

As part of their school curriculum this year, Central High School junior English students are studying the “American Experience” throughout the school year to better understand immigrant and refugee issues. In April, Hike to Help Refugees and Central will be teaming up to organize a hike designed to raise awareness and funds to benefit UNCHR. Finney and Beyen will speaking about this event and its preparation on Thursday.

The Service Learning P-16 Initiative facilitates partnerships between the university and K-12 schools with the purpose of connecting curriculum to community needs through the development of academic service learning experiences.

The Service Learning Academy at UNO works to improve academic performance, raise graduation rates, increase civic and community responsibility and ensure all students are prepared for post-secondary education.

For more information, contact Lucy Garza Westbrook, UNO Service Learning Academy, (402) 554.3055 or lgarza@unomaha.edu; Jayme Prisbell, Central High School, (402) 557.3301 or jayme.prisbell@ops.org; Luanne Nelson, Omaha Public Schools (402) 557.2070 or Luanne.Nelson@ops.org; Margaret Hahn, Hike to Help Refugees (712) 527.5521 or margarethahn@hiketohelprefugees.org

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