A Mau Mau freedom fighter who was tortured during the Kenyan war for independence, Maruge in 2002 seeks to take advantage of a Kenyan government decree providing free public education for all. Obsessively persistent, the illiterate Maruge finally gets accepted into a class of first-graders at a local school. The teacher, Jane Obinchu (Naomie Harris), has to fight off the controversy among parents and school officials that ensues. (There are only 50 desks for 200 students.)
This one-day, student-driven plastic-free action resulted in the first New York City-wide Plastic Free Lunch Day in May 2022, followed by a commitment from NYC Department of Education to serve a monthly plastic-free lunch menu day, and now this national Plastic Free Lunch Day with large school districts across the country!
Cafeteria Culture (CafCu), a partner Project of Fund for the City of New York, is an environmental education organization working creatively with youth to achieve equitable zero waste, climate-smart school communities and a plastic free biosphere. Our programs foster youth-led solutions by merging community science, civic action, media production, and the arts. Students in our programs, overwhelmingly from lower-income and communities of color, collect data, debate policy, and take on leadership roles that inform policy and offer solutions to the climate emergency that are leading to institutional change. Our award winning movie, MICROPLASTIC MADNESS, features Brooklyn students from our program. The movie has reached audiences across the US and in 45 countries, sparking youth-led action to stop plastic pollution with schools as hubs for change.
Our low-cost membership program expands the free content to include animated songs, mathematics, and reading activities spanning K-3. Membership also supports the production of new books, songs, educational games, and movies.
7. Bookworm Wednesdays at Showcase CinemasParticipating Multiplex, Cinema de Lux, and Showcase theaters will give kids free admission to a movie when they present a book report.
The critically acclaimed documentary, Bully offers a first-hand account of the effects of bullying and harassment by the teens who endure it. The heartbreaking film shows exactly what the kids who are deemed different go through at the hands of their peers. Big topics like suicide, homosexuality, and violence are all discussed throughout, and this film provides a launching pad for complex conversations. Bully is a powerful movie that is meant to be watched with an adult who can guide the conversation. Ages 10 and up - with an adult. 1e1e36bf2d