2012.03.12 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
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UNO, Blackburn Students to Reopen Adams Park Community Center for Service Learning Project
Omaha - University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) P-16 Initiative, which is part of the UNO Service Learning Academy, will bring together UNO Gerontology students and Blackburn Alternative Program Culinary Arts students for a celebratory reopening of the Adams Park Community Center located at 3230 John A Creighton Boulevard.
On Wednesday, March 14 at 12:30 p.m., Blackburn Culinary Arts students will meals to Near North Omaha Seniors at their home location after several months of renovations to the center.
The “Food for Thought” project has enabled UNO and Blackburn students to meet the needs of these seniors by serving food and forming valuable relationships over several years. The students have provided over 1300 hours of service and served approximately 1,350 meals.
Near North Omaha Seniors have provided models of successful aging as well as positive and informative relationships with older adults. Thanks to the seniors, Blackburn students have had the opportunity to apply their classroom lessons to a real life situation as they practice culinary and food handling skills as well as engage in intergenerational dialogue and gather oral history of the seniors’ life experiences.
The Service Learning Academy P-16 Initiative facilitates partnerships between the university and K-12 schools with the purpose of connecting UNO and P-16 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, please contact Lucy Garza Westbrook, UNO Service Learning Academy, (402) 554.3055 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Melba Bentley, Blackburn Alternative Program, (402) 344.3385 x1025 or email@example.com; Lyn Holley, UNO Department of Gerontology (402) 554.4814 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Luanne Nelson, Omaha Public Schools, (402) 557.2070 or Luanne.Nelson@ops.org.
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