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Hard-Hitting Education Documentary Comes to Community

From Nyka Feldman:

The Safe Community Coalition (SCC) is proud to sponsor a screening of the film, Race to Nowhere, on January 11, 2011 at 7:00pm in Langley High School's auditorium, 6520 Georgetown Pike in McLean, VA.  Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion to talk about issues raised in the film.  Note:  Tickets are sold out.  Langley High School auditorium seats 800.

Race to Nowhere is a documentary about the pressures and various outcomes experienced by our students and educators: stress-related illnesses, depression, cheating and burnout. Working in partnership with Langley High School, McLean High School, Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology (TJHSST) and the Parent-Teacher-Student    Associations (PTSA) of each school; the SCC has organized a post-film panel discussion to encourage a dialogue about these important issues. The panelist include: Beth Werfel, school psychologist, McLean High School; Cathy Colglazier, Humanities Division Manager, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology; and, Donald E. Fraser, Jr., director of education for the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC).  Additional information about the film can be found at www.racetonowhere.com. Proceeds from the film will be used for follow up meetings and activities to encourage continued discussions about the issues raised in the film.


“The Safe Community Coalition wants our children to succeed and thrive in a healthy environment,” says Nyka Feldman, SCC’s executive director.  “This film provides an opportunity for our community to begin a dialogue about school-life balance and the dilemmas faced by our youth, parents and educators.”


First-time filmmaker, Vicki Abeles, was inspired to make Race to Nowhere out of concern for her children. A mother of three and former Wall Street attorney, Abeles awakened to this crisis as her 12-year old daughter was being treated for stress-related illness. She saw personally how the pressures were overwhelming not only to her own kids, but students everywhere – in every kind of school environment and community.

School reform has become an urgent national issue and 2010 is the year of the education film. Race to Nowhere is a film that shows what could be happening to our kids as a result of current policies and practices emphasizing testing, performance and competition. Race to Nowhere gives voice to those on the front lines who are most affected by education policies - the students and teachers themselves. Race to Nowhere is the only film to spotlight the intersection of mental and physical health and education.  

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