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2012.06.15 > For Immediate Release
contact: Lucy Garza Westbook - UNO Service Learning Academy
phone: 402.612.2567 - email: lgarza@unomaha.edu

Nebraska First Lady to Visit P-16 Service Learning Project Event

Omaha - Nebraska’s First Lady, Sally Ganem will visit the Adams Park Community Center on Wednesday, June 20 at 11:30 a.m. to participate in “Food for Thought,” a University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) P-16 Service Learning Project. Adams Park Community Center is located at 3230 John A Creighton Blvd. in North Omaha.

“Food for Thought” received the ServeNebraska Outstanding Community Partnership in Education award, which was presented by the First Lady on April 18. The UNO P-16 Service Learning project brings together a UNO Gerontology class, two Culinary Arts classes at Blackburn Alternative Program and more than two dozen senior citizens at the Adams Park Community Center with the “Food for Thought” project. Since the project began in 2010, Blackburn students have served 1,300 hours providing approximately 1,350 healthy meals.

The Service Learning Academy P-16 Initiative 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. 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 while enriching educational experiences for students.

For more information, please contact Lucy Garza Westbrook, UNO Service Learning Academy, 402.554.3055 or lgarza@unomaha.edu; Lyn Holley, UNO Department of Gerontology, 402.554.4814 or lmholley@unomaha.edu; Dorothy Walker-Dombeck, Blackburn Alternative Program, 402.344.3385 x 1008 or dorothy.walker-dombeck@ops.org; Kailyn Watson, Omaha Public Schools, 402.557.2070 or kailyn.watson@ops.org; or Orentheian Evertt, Adams Park Community Center, 402.444.5164 or orentheian.everett@ci.omaha.ne.us.

Blackburn Culinary Students
Photo courtesy of Blackburn Alternative High School and OPS


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