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2013.04.09 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Communications
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

UNO, Blackburn Students Partner to Learn From North Omaha Seniors

Omaha - On Wednesday, April 10, from 11:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., students from the Blackburn Alternative Program and University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will hear from seniors at the Adams Park Senior Center about what it is like to grow up, work and raise families in North Omaha throughout the community’s history.

The event, “Back in the Day: Reminiscing about the Vibrancy of North Omaha,” will be presented at Love’s Jazz & Arts Center, 2510 N. 24th St.

Organized by UNO gerontology students, Blackburn and Love’s Jazz & Arts Center, this event is the latest innovation within the ongoing award-winning “Food For Thought” service learning project, where culinary arts students and teachers at Blackburn plan, shop for, prepare, deliver and serve lunch to community seniors at Adams Park Senior Center every Wednesday.

The “Food For Thought” program is a P-16 (Preschool through College) service learning project between Blackburn Alternative Program, UNO’s Department of Gerontology and Adams Park Senior Center.

UNO Service Learning Academy’s P-16 Initiative facilitates partnerships for the purpose of developing collaborative service-learning experiences like “Food for Thought” by supporting partnerships between three key groups:

- UNO students and their teachers
- Pre school-through-high school students and their teachers
- Community organizations and their members

For more information about the event or about the event, contact Lyn Holley, UNO Department of Gerontology, lmholley@unomaha.edu; Laura Krueger, UNO Service Learning Academy, lkrueger@unomaha.edu; or Cathy Nelson, Blackburn Alternative Program, cathy.nelson@ops.org.

For media requests, please contact Charley Reed, UNO media relations coordinator, at 402.554.2129 or cdreed@unomaha.edu.

The P-16 Initiative 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.

The UNO Service Learning Academy facilitates collaborative partnerships between the university and the metropolitan community for the purpose of enhancing student learning; advancing community service and initiatives; and fostering engaged citizenship.

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