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Free event will feature film and conversation about public schools in Jacksonville

Free event will feature film and conversation about public schools in Jacksonville

Nonprofits partner to offer a screening of the documentary "We Remember Raines" and host a ONE by ONE community conversation about education, kicking off a month of events

 

Jacksonville, Fla.- The Northwest Jacksonville Community Development Corporation and the Jacksonville Public Education Fund will join forces over the next two months to promote greater community involvement in public education in Duval County.

The partnership kicks off with a special evening on May 18, where the groups will host a screening of "We Remember Raines," a community-produced documentary about Raines High School. After the movie, attendees will participate in a ONE by ONE conversation.The event begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 18 at the Ritz Theatre & Museum, 829 North Davis Street. Refreshments will be served, and it is free and open to the public.

The evening is the first in a series of events that Northwest Jacksonville Community Development Corporation is hosting in conjunction with the Jacksonville Public Education Fund's ONE by ONE initiative.

"We Remember Raines" is a historical look at Raines High School - and the lessons from the past that could make a difference in today's school. On May 3, it won an award from the Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission.

Through small group conversations, ONE by ONE aims to unite the community to create a shared vision for public education in Duval County - and then rally participants to turn that vision into an action plan that shares responsibility among the community and the schools.

To date, more than 800 people have participated in more than 85 conversations. The conversations began in the fall of 2011 and will continue through August 2012.

ONE in THREE: Let's Solve Our Dropout Crisisis a dramatic photography exhibition that aims to inspire viewers to join JPEF's ONE by ONE initiative. It will be on display at the North Point Town Center, a project of Northwest Jacksonville Community Development Corporation situated at the corner of Moncrief and Myrtle avenues, during the month of June.

The exhibition is continuing to travel throughout the city of Jacksonville on the following schedule:

Date               Area                           Location
May 2012       Arlington                    University Park Library & Jacksonville Women's Center

June 2012       Northwest                   Bradham-Brooks Library & North Point Town Center

July 2012        Mandarin                   Jewish Community Alliance & Hendricks Ave. Baptist 

August 2012    Westside                    Charles Webb Library & Kingdom Plaza Mall

For a full and continuously updated list of events and information about how you can get involved with ONE by ONE, visit www.jaxpef.org or www.onebyonejax.org. Learn more about the documentary "We Remember Raines" at www.werememberraines.com.

Contactt: Deirdre Conner, Jacksonville Public Education Fund
Mobile: (904) 345-0597 or Deirdre@jaxpef.org                                     

 

About the Jacksonville Public Education Fund
The Jacksonville Public Education Fund is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to building the demand for excellent public schools in Duval County. Through collaboration with the community and Duval County Public Schools, we envision a future when all students graduate ready for college and the workforce. We achieve our goals through three core strategies: research, community mobilization and advocacy.

About the Northwest Jacksonville Community Development Corporation
Northwest Jacksonville Community Development Corporation (NJCDC) improves the quality of life in our neighborhood in a way that embraces economic diversity, makes businesses eager to invest, honors area history, and creates a thriving community for families. To accomplish this mission, NJCDC sponsors projects that promote revitalization of the community through education, planning, housing rehabilitation and new constructional economic development, and advocacy.

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Presenting sponsors of ONE by ONE:

Brunet-García Advertising | The Chartrand Foundation | Corporation for Public Broadcasting(as a part of the American Graduate Initiative)| Cynthia G. Edelman Family Foundation | EverBank | Regency Centers Corporation | State of Florida(School District Education Foundation Matching Grant)| David A. Stein Family Foundation | Jay and Deanie Stein | J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver