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Woolman students present projects on social justice

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Students from Nevada City's own Woolman Semester School come to the end of the school's four-month experiential education program. The public is invited to see the students present their culminating projects, reflecting on a semester spent learning about peace, justice and sustainability. The presentations will take place throughout the week at various nearby locations. All are welcome!

A semester program for students between the ages of 16 and 19, who hail from all over the country, Woolman offers the opportunity to learn first hand about social and environmental justice. Educating through experience is at the heart of Woolman's program. This educational philosophy is demonstrated through the assignment of a project in each of three core classes: environmental science, global issues and peace studies. These projects allow students to engage fully with classroom material and empower them to carry on their education beyond Woolman.

This Wednesday, Woolman will host the first set of presentations with students summarizing their projects from the global issues project class. Throughout the semester, this class focused on "the roots of apathy, myths surrounding activism and tools to make a difference," explains Emily Zionts, the global issues teacher.

Projects put this learning into action. Each student has chosen a contemporary issue to analyze and has designed action plans to be implemented in his or her home community after Woolman. Come learn about pressing global issues, such as overpopulation, human exploitation and immigration disputes and what can be done to help! These global issues presentations will take place on Woolman's campus, beginning at 7 p.m. Dec. 5. Please RSVP if you are interested.

On Friday, the school will screen the students peace studies projects — documentaries on issues ranging from drug addiction to homelessness in Nevada County. These documentaries include interviews with local and national experts, friends, family and residents of nearby cities to deepen the public's understanding of these issues. Each documentary not only educates the audience but also gives tools and resources to help build a more peaceful world. Come see four student-filmed, student-written and student-produced documentaries this Friday at 7 p.m., located at the UU Community of the Mountains, on Church Street in Grass Valley. All are welcome. No RSVP necessary.

Finally, this Saturday, Woolman will showcase the students' environmental science sustainability projects. These projects aim to create a more sustainable campus, utilizing permaculture principles to design and implement different structures and methods. Moreover, Jacob Holzberg-Pill, the environmental science teacher, describes how the sustainability projects enable the students to "leave the legacy of their commitment to the earth and the community for future students." Come take a tour of the different ways the students have changed the campus for the better, from a revitalized herb garden to a bicycle-powered loom. The tour will begin at 9 a.m. on Woolman's campus with lunch to follow! Please RSVP if you are interested.

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To RSVP, visit http://www.woolman.org/events/rsvp. To learn more about the Woolman Semester School, http://www.semester.woolman.org.

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