Michel Montaigne, Essais de la Vanité
photos by Steven Koskinen
A concerned mother turned filmmaker aims her camera at the high-stakes, high-pressure culture that has invaded our schools and our children's lives. Race to Nowhere points to the silent epidemic in our schools: cheating has become commonplace; students are disengaged; stress-related illness and depression are rampant; and many young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired. Race to Nowhere is a call to action for families, educators, and policy makers to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens.
“An education film that gets it” Washington Post
“Must see movie” NY Times
“Another Inconvenient Truth” George Lucas Educational Foundation
Brad Choyt, NYA incoming Head of School is featured in the film and will be on hand as part of a panel discussion immediately following the screening. The panel will include Ted Hall, Yarmouth High School Principal; John Drisko, Head of NYA’s Upper School; Marissa Markonish, Head of NYA’s Middle School; students and parents.
When: Wednesday, March 30
Where: Yarmouth High School Theater
Time: Film at 7:00 pm; panel discussion at 8:30 pm
Tickets: $10 in advance; $15 at the door
If you would like to buy tickets in advance,
please go to http://rtnyarmouthhs.eventbrite.com/
Governor Paul LePage joined nearly 100 people at the State House Wednesday, March 16, in celebrating Maine’s 10th annual Franco-American Day.
Throughout the day, events recognizing the French heritage were held in the House of Representatives, Senate and Hall of Flags. Historical and cultural exhibits were on display at the Statehouse, as well. According to a press release from the Governor's Office, legislators, staff and visitors enjoyed French music performed by a variety of musicians, including the LeBlanc Family Singers, Sylvian’s Acadian Aces and Lewiston Strings, whose melodies of echoed throughout the halls.
“The Franco-American community here in Maine has a proud, long history," said LePage in the release. "For over 400 years, the language, history and people have enriched our state. I think it's very, very important that the 30 percent of Mainer's with French heritage take pride in their history, culture and diversity. And it makes me very proud to be only the second governor of this great state to have come from French heritage."
During a presentation of new inductees to the 2011 Maine Franco-American Hall of Fame, LePage welcomed dignitaries from the French and Canadian consulates in Boston. The governor congratulated those inducted into the Hall of Fame, thanking them for their contributions to the state's French-American culture.
Those inducted into Maine's Franco-American Hall of Fame were Patrick Paradis of Augusta, Terry Ouellette of St. Agatha, and Claire and Gilles Auger of Sanford. Members inducted posthumously were Dr. Edward Martin and Sister Solange Bernier.