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2011.02.23 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

UNO, OPS Partner to Host 2nd Annual CultureFest March 4

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Service Learning Academy, in partnership with Omaha Public Schools (OPS) will host CultureFest 2012 from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 4, at the UNO Thompson Alumni Center, 6705 Dodge St., on the UNO campus. This event is free and open to the public.

CultureFest is the result of a P-16 service learning project combining students from UNO, Crestridge Magnet Elementary, Beveridge Magnet Middle School and Omaha South High Magnet School.

Students from each school will come together to share culture and explore the world through performances, exhibits, hands-on activities, ethnic food, drumming, dancing and sampling international candies. The activities will immerse participants in other cultures and broaden our understanding of the world in which we live. For the Greater Omaha area this is a chance to discover and celebrate some of the various cultures and ethnicities represented in our community.

The Service Learning Academy P-16 Initiative facilitates partnerships between UNO 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 in partnership with Building Bright Futures in an effort 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 at (402) 554.3055 or lgarza@unomaha.edu; Becky Noble, South High Magnet School at (402) 557.3677 or rebecca.noble@ops.org; Sheila McCauley, Beveridge Magnet Middle School at (402) 557.4021 or sheila.mccauley@ops.org; or Kristen LaMontia, Crestridge Magnet Elementary School at (402) 697.1185 or kristen.lamontia@ops.org; Luanne Nelson, Omaha Public Schools (402) 557.2070 or luanne.nelson@ops.org.

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