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Join Students of Promise for documentary film debut


At a free film event on Thursday, October 29 at 7:00 pm at Shaker Square Cinemas, witness the journey of 38 local students to national sites of historical or scientific significance. The documentary, "Eyes on the Prize," features youth from the Students of Promise Closing the Achievement Gap program in Cuyahoga County on their Morehouse College and STEM Immersion Tour.

This educational and heartfelt documentary depicts the tour through the eyes of young scholars from the Cleveland Heights/University Heights, Garfield Heights, Maple Heights, and Warrensville Heights school districts.

On their four-day transformative experience in early 2014, the students engaged with sites commemorated in black history, as well as science and technology sites, including the Edmund Pettus Bridge Crossing, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, HudsonAlpha Institute, U.S. Army Redstone Arsenal, and U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Alabama; the CNN Center, the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, and Spelman College in Georgia; and the 2014 Morehouse College Commencement.

Also included in the full-length documentary are student testimonials, interviews with various dignitaries and stakeholders, as well as excerpts from the 2013 Morehouse College and Cultural Awareness Tour experienced by Students of Promise from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Middle School in San Francisco, California.

The event is free, but seating is limited. Doors to the theater at 13116 Shaker Square will open at 6:30 p.m. To RSVP, contact Bob Ivory, Program Director, at 216-324-9154.

The Students of Promise program, supported by the Family & Children First Council (FCFC) of Cuyahoga County, partners with students who need extra guidance to reach future goals. It aims to increase academic achievement and positive outcomes for students, increase school attendance, promote students to their next grade level and through to graduation, and reduce negative behaviors.