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2011.11.21> For Immediate Release
contact: Julie Dierberger - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3268 - email: jdierberger@unomaha.edu

UNO Teams With Omaha North for P-16 Service Learning Project

Omaha - University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) students enrolled in an autobiographical reading-and-writing course will join members of Omaha North High Magnet School's Vikings Book Club on Tuesday, Nov. 22 to discuss the autobiography of businessman and veteran Wes Moore.

The event is just one of several that both groups have engaged in throughout the semester, in partnership with the Omaha Public Library. The student will use Moore's autobiography, Wes More: One Name, Two Fates, to produce a study guide packet to be donated to the Omaha Public Library Book Groupies program. The Book Groupies program makes bags of books available for area book clubs to utilize.

The book has helped facilitate important discussions about choices and the future for both the UNO and North High students at a pivotal point in their lives. Simultaneously, the project has furthered the students writing, reading and critical thinking skills while engaging the students in a project that gives back to the community.

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.The P-16 Initiative in the Service Learning Academy works in partnership with Building Bright Futures to bridge the achievement gap for youth and increase achievement, attendance, and civic engagement.

For more information, contact Lucy Garza Westbrook, UNO Service Learning Academy, (402) 554.3055 or lgarza@unomaha.edu; Dr. Imafedia Okhamafe, UNO Goodrich Scholarship Program, (402) 554.3467 or iokhamaf@unomaha.edu; Dawn Paulson, North Magnet High School, (402) 557.3400 or dawn.paulson@ops.org; Luanne Nelson, Omaha Public Schools (402) 557.2070 or luanne.nelson@ops.org; April Earl, Book Groupies program at the Omaha Public Library W. Dale Clark (Main) Branch, (402) 444.4800.

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