+Works to Screen Grassroots Documentary Sensation “Race to Nowhere” February 10 at Pershing Middle School

Hard-hitting Education Documentary Exposes Silent Epidemic in our Schools

Thursday, February 10, 7PM in Pershing Middle School’s Beautiful New Theatre

Students, Parents, Grandparents, Teachers, School Administrators, Mental Health Professionals ALL Welcome

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HOUSTON, TX — January 24, 2011  — +Works (pronounced +Works), a new Houston-based, grassroots, non-profit organization created by concerned parents to get ahead of America’s bullying epidemic with positive talk and action, will screen the provocative new education documentary, Race to Nowhere, Thursday, February 10, 7PM on the campus of Pershing Middle School, 3838 Blue Bonnet Boulevard.

Advance tickets are available for $10 from www.racetonowhere.com/epostcard/3836. Tickets will be $15 at the door. The film is rated PG-13.

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, creating unhealthy, disengaged, unprepared and stressed-out youth. Featuring the heart-breaking stories of young people in all types of communities who have been pushed to the brink, educators who are burned out and worried that students aren’t developing the skills they need, and parents who are trying to do what’s best for their kids. Race to Nowhere points to the silent epidemic in our schools:  cheating has become commonplace; students are disengaged; stress-related illnesses and depression are rampant; and many young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired.

Join +Works Co-Founders Sarah Fisher and Trish Morille and +Works endorser Dr. Stuart Twemlow for a screening of this provocative film and a positive community panel discussion afterwards.

“Hypercompetitiveness is part of the cultural cocktail we are serving our kids on a daily basis,” said Fisher. “We see it as a major contributing factor to the bullying epidemic and the overall mental health, safety and well-being of our children.”

In a grassroots sensation already feeding a groundswell for change, hundreds of theatres, schools and organizations nationwide are hosting community screenings during a six-month campaign to screen the film nationwide. Tens of thousands of people are coming together, using the film as the centerpiece for raising awareness, radically changing the national dialogue on education and galvanizing change.

“This documentary is a wake-up call from the pressure-cooker culture many of our children are entrenched in,” said Trish Morille, +Works Co-Founder. “We hope anyone interested in changing this culture will join us February 10 as we host a positive community discussion on this important issue facing families today.”

Vicki Abeles, first-time filmmaker, was inspired to make Race to Nowhere out of concern for her children. A mother of three and former Wall Street attorney, Abeles awakened to this crisis as her 12-year-old daughter was being treated for stress-related illness. She saw personally how the pressures were overwhelming, not only to her own kids, but to students everywhere — in every kind of school environment and community.

“As a mother, I experienced the stress firsthand and realized that no one was talking about it,” says Vicki Abeles. “I saw kids who were anxious, depressed, physically ill, checking out, abusing drugs and, worst case, attempting suicide. I felt compelled to speak out about this crisis by making a film and giving voice to students, teachers and parents. I wanted to expose a deeper truth about our education system. We are graduating a generation of robo-students, unable to think and work independently, creatively and collaboratively.”

School reform has become an urgent national issue and 2010 was the year of the education film. Race to Nowhere is the only film that shows what is actually happening to our kids as a result of current policies and practices obsessed with testing, performance and competition rather than meaningful teaching and learning. Race to Nowhere finally gives voice to those on the front lines who are most affected by education policies — the students and teachers themselves. Race to Nowhere is the only film to spotlight the intersection of health and education. The film empowers everyone to get involved and take ownership of what’s happening in our schools and communities.

“It’s time to talk about this important issue right here in Houston,” said Fisher. “Together, we can make a positive difference for our children.”

For more information, contact +Works at aware@positivethinkingworks.org.

TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW:   http://www.racetonowhere.com/epostcard/3836