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Educational Documentary Screening: “Love Them First” on Nov. 16
Posted 11/13/19

Long Beach Unified School District and the Wilson High School PTSA present a screening of the educational documentary "Love Them First" 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Art Theatre, 2025 E. 4th St., Long Beach.


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With unprecedented access over the course of a year, Love Them First: Lessons from Lucy Laney Elementary follows the determination of a charismatic north Minneapolis school principal, Mauri Melander Friestleben, as she sets out to undo history. Not only does Minnesota have the largest achievement gap between black and white children in the United States, Friestleben faced another seemingly impossible obstacle, with Lucy Laney at the bottom of the state's list of underperforming schools for two decades. Under Friestleben's leadership, standardized test scores from most black students began rising for the first time, but when the school encounters a heartbreaking setback, Friestleben is forced to confront the true measure of student success at Lucy Laney. It's a story of inspiration, heartbreak, perseverance and the power of love.