NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | Edison documentaries on poverty solutions screening at Art-a-Whirl

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Last minute news from Edison High School where a group of students in an English as a Second Language class have produced a series of mini-documentaries on the theme of: “creating thoughtful solutions to poverty” in their communities. The class decided to explore poverty through a six-month digital storytelling process, with special focus on health, education and housing.

Students analyzed different perspectives and ideas about solutions to poverty, wrote persuasive essays, held a class debate and visited the State Capitol to hand-deliver letters to elected officials.

Some of the student-producced mini-documentaries will be screened for the public on Thursday, March 29, 5 p.m. at the Eastside Food Coop, 2551 Centrall Avenue NE.

After this first screening the mini-documentaries will be presented at the 2012 PeaceJam, the National Service Learning Conference, April 11-14 and the Art-a-Whirl in Northeast in May.

The videos were produced with the assistance of a consultant from the Minnesota Writing Project and funded by a grant from AchieveMpls and State Farm.

For more information contact Latisha Gray, 612 668 0062 or lathsha.gray@mpls.k12.mn.us.

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