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World Peace and Other Fourth-grade Achievements Documentary


Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Education

John Hunter, award-winnin elementary teacher and subject of the film "World Peace and Other Fourth Grade Achievements" Photo submitted

LANESBORO, Minn. – The documentary film “World Peace and Other Fourth-grade Achievements” will be shown on Friday, August 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Mane Theatre. Presented by Lanesboro Arts Center in partnership with Frozen River Film Festival, the film won the ‘2013 FRFF Headwaters Award’ in January in Winona, Minn. Tickets are $5 / FREE for teachers and students, available in advance at Lanesboro Arts Center 507-467-2446 and at the St. Mane Theatre one hour prior to the screening. The film runs 56 minutes.

“Wolrd Peace and Other Fourth-grade Achievements” interweaves the story of John Hunter, a teacher in Charlottesville, Va., with his students’ participation in an exercise called the World Peace Game. The game triggers an eight-week transformation of the children from students of a neighborhood public school to citizens of the world. The film reveals how a wise, loving teacher can unleash students’ full potential. The film traces how Hunter’s unique teaching career emerges from his own diverse background. An African-American educated in the segregated schools of rural Virginia, where his mother was his fourth grade teacher, he was selected by his community to be one of seven students to integrate a previously all-white middle school. After graduation, he traveled extensively to China, Japan, and India, and his exposure to the Ghandian principles of non-violence led him to ask what he could do as a teacher to work toward a more peaceful world.

John Hunter was named One of Time Magazine’s 12 Education Activists of 2012, and he was recognized for the Most Influential TED Talk of 2011. Hunter teaches the concept of peace not as a utopian dream but as an attainable goal to strive for, and he provides his students with the tools for this effort. The children learn to collaborate and communicate with each other as they work to resolve the Game’s conflicts. They learn how to compromise while accommodating different perspectives and interests. Most importantly, the students discover that they share a deep and abiding interest in taking care of each other.

The St. Mane Theatre is located at 206 Parkway Ave N in Lanesboro, Minn. Lanesboro Arts Center serves the community as a regional catalyst for artistic excellence and educational development in providing diverse art experiences for people of all ages. 507-467-2446 / www.lanesboroarts.org. The Frozen River Film Festival is based on the campus of Winona State University in Winona, Minn. each winter (January 22-26, 2014), presenting 40+ films and accompanying events including workshops, speakers, music and children’s activities.

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