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2013.04.30 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Communications
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

Students Present Research on History of Ralston
Presentations Conclude Semester-Long Service Learning Project Between UNO, Ralston High School

Omaha - A joint service learning project between the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) and Ralston High School will bring together questions of community and identity on Wednesday, May 1, at 10:30 a.m. at the Ralston Arena.

Over the last semester, students from both institutions have been studying the City of Ralston, its people, history and community. As a demonstration of what they’ve learned, they will present an array projects on Ralston and Ralston’s historic and shifting identity, integrating personal interviews with Ralston residents, their own observations and researched looks at this small town in the heart of the wider metropolitan area.

The projects will take a number of forms — from photo displays to artwork to poetry — all with the purpose of delving deeper not only into Ralston’s placement in the greater sphere of the metro, the state, the nation and the world, but also into the fundamentally human questions of who we are and how we explain that sense of identity.

The partnership is coordinated by UNO’s P-16 Initiative. As part of UNO’s Service Learning Academy, the P-16 Initiative facilitates partnerships between three key groups:

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

Through these service-learning partnerships, P-16 brings the classroom into the community through application of education to find solutions to real-life problems.

Students involved in this P-16 service learning project come from the UNO Goodrich Scholarship program, Professor Todd Richardson’s Perspectives on American Culture course and Ferial Pearson’s Avenue Scholars group from Ralston High School.

Both the Goodrich Scholars and Avenue Scholars programs aim at helping first-generation college students or prospective college students with finding the path to higher education. The UNO Service Learning Academy’s P-16 Initiative supports the facilitation of this partnership. Through this experience, students were able to learn course concepts while studying and serving the community.

For more information, please contact Laura Krueger, UNO Service Learning Academy at 402.554.2712 or by email lkrueger@unomaha.edu. For media requests, please contact Charley Reed, UNO media relations coordinator, at 402.554.2129 or by email at 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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