2012.04.09 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: firstname.lastname@example.org
UNO, Millard North Middle School, City Sprouts Join Forces to Help Karen Community
Omaha - Students from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Department of English, the UNO Women's and Gender Studies Program and Millard North Middle School (MNMS) will work together at City Sprouts on Wednesday, May 2 as the culmination of a semester-long P-16 service learning experience.
On May 2 the students, together with members of the Omaha Karen refugee community, will host a potluck dinner and theater performance, based on interviews with Karen families, from 6 to 8 p.m. The event will also feature a raffle to benefit the Karen community’s effort to build a community center. A work from artist Watie White, director of the Omaha Print Makers Guild, will be featured in the auction.
Both events will take place at City Sprouts, 4002 Seward St., one of Omaha’s oldest community gardens.
This semester UNO students and MNMS seventh graders have learned from the Karen community while exploring creativity and cultural sustainability in writing, visual arts, gardening and verbatim theater.
The Karen is an indigenous group of people from the Burmese area of Southeast Asia who have been displaced by civil war. Over 2000 Karen refugees are currently living in Nebraska.
The Service Learning Academy's 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.
For more information contact Lucy Garza Westbrook, UNO Service Learning Academy, at 402.554.3055; email@example.com; Kristin Girten, UNO Department of English, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402.682.2757; Linda Brablec, Millard North Middle School, at email@example.com or 402.715.1280; Kara Tofte, Lutheran Family Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402.346.6100; or Jeanine Dickes, City Sprouts at email@example.com.
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