Monday, August 30, 2010

Race to Nowhere Fall News

If you haven't already had the opportunity to view the documentary Race To Nowhere you will have many chances this fall.

On Sept. 30 and Oct. 4, 2010, in conjunction with National Child Health Day, the film will be viewed simultaneously in dozens of locations around the country. It will also open for one week only at select theaters in Los Angeles and New York beginning Sept 10.

If you are interested in seeing the film, please go to the Race to Nowhere website for details about nationwide screening locations and to purchase tickets. The screenings are also being used to fundraise for schools.

There will be many bay area screenings for those of you who live here in the East Bay. I will be helping to moderate post film discussions on Sept. 30 and Oct. 4 in the bay area. I hope you can attend one of the dozens of screenings scheduled this fall.

The DVD release date has not yet been set, but you may pre-order a copy of the DVD here. The focus for the fall remains on the power of bringing communities together to see the film and discuss how the issues are impacting students, teachers and parents.

Please join the Race to Nowhere Face Book group to show your support and to see all the latest RTN news. You may use these materials for promotional purposes in your school, community, neighborhood, church, etc...

How can you personally support the film's message?

As we begin the school year let's try to remember to promote balance during the after school and weekend hours. Family time is sacred and should be valued highly. This will mean different things for different families and individuals.

Some suggestions as we dive into a new school year:

Family meals - have as many family dinners as possible each week

Homework - don't let it rule your family's life and don't do it for your children

Extra curriculars - don't schedule so many that you and your family are constantly dividing your schedules and are not able to have any down time

Reading - promote reading for pleasure over many other time consuming activities like watching tv, video games, doing too much homework, electronic messaging, etc.

Let’s try to make the Race to Nowhere become the Road to Somewhere this school year.

Please leave a comment with any thoughts or more suggestions of how to support the film’s message.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Kerry,

    Thanks for the concise and worthy tips you gave at the end of the article. I have seen the film and would like to encourage not only parents, but also teachers and administrators, college admission directors and faculty as well to see this movie. It speaks to all of us.

    Nicole DeAvilla Whiting