2012.04.06 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
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Senior Citizen Prom, Anti-Violence Campaign Featured in Week of UNO, OPS Collaboration Events
Omaha - During the week of April 9 through April 13 the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) P-16 Service Learning Initiative will be featuring several events around the Omaha metro area that highlight partnerships between students of all ages and the community. These events include a literacy development seminar, anti-violence demonstration, food management tour and senior citizen prom.
The P-16 Initiative, part of UNO’s nationally-recognized Service Learning Academy, facilitates partnerships between the university and (Pre)K-12 schools with the purpose of connecting curriculum to community needs through the development of academic service learning experiences.
On Tuesday, April 10, UNO speech language pathology students will support the development of language and pre-literacy skills with young parents and families from 4 to 5:45 p.m. at the Turning Point Campus located at 3223 S. 45th St. Activities at the event, which will also occur on Tuesday, April 17, will provide each family individual time with UNO students that have created an “interaction plan” of age-appropriate literacy development activities parents could use with their children to foster language development.
On Wednesday, April 11, sophomores from the OPS Integrated Learning Program (ILP), self-nicknamed “Stylin’ Sophomores,” will lead a “Honk AGAINST Omaha VIOLENCE” event on the pedestrian bridge located next to the Integrated Learning Program building at 30th and Spaulding Streets, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The students will use signs to encourage passing motorists to show thier support for curbing violence in Omaha. Last semester the sophomore students worked with UNO Public Administration graduate students and Outward Bound to identify a community need and plan a service project that best fit those needs and the concerns of ILP students.
On Friday, April 13, advanced horticulture students from Blackburn Alternative High School will tour and learn about four of the metro area’s “Big Garden” sites as a the culmination of a year-long exploration of the food management process. UNO Information, Science and Quantitative Analysis (ISQA) students are creating a website that will connect food distributors to food consumers and better help agencies in Omaha distribute food quickly. Blackburn students will assist by managing the website that the UNO ISQA students create.
Also on Friday, April 13, Lewis and Clark Middle School students will host a Senior Prom Extravaganza for community seniors who do volunteer work and participate in senior centers or reside in assisted living facilities. The event will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Lewis and Clark Middle School cafeteria, located at 6901 Burt St. Students from Lewis and Clark have organized the event alongside UNO Introduction to Gerontology students to bridge the gap between generations by sharing music, food, games, conversations and fun.
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, or Kailyn Watson, Omaha Public Schools, (402) 557.2070 or email@example.com.
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