Mettawee School to screen film; host discussion

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WEST PAWLET — How does it feel to be a student of color in Vermont when most everyone is white? What can we learn from hearing other perspectives, other voices, on what it's like to attend Vermont schools as a person of color? How does understanding diversity help all students prepare for their futures?

These are just a few of the questions and insights offered in, "I Am From Here," A 30-minute film that will be shown at The Mettawee Community School at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 21.

The film, by Vermont's award-winning producer Bess O'Brien, directly addresses the issue of racial identity and equity in our Vermont schools by going directly to those it impacts most: students of color.

Following the screening, Martha Allen, former Vermont-National Education Association president, will lead the audience in a group discussion of the film.

The film is free for residents of Rupert and Pawlet as well as the towns and families served by the Taconic & Green Regional School District.

The Mettawee School Board screened "I Am From Here" during a meeting in 2019.

"When the film ended and the lights went up the members looked at each other and immediately agreed it was an important message that should be seen by our community," said Mettawee School Principal, Brooke DeBonis. "We look forward to an evening of listening and learning."

For more information, contact Brooke DeBonis at 802-645-9009.

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