Submitted by Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart
The students of Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart have chosen a Lenten focus that has propelled the school community into the realm of a global action campaign.
Deeply concerned about removing barriers to girls’ education the world over, Woodlands students are sponsoring a screening of Girl Rising, a film which journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world.
Woodlands’ student government, WACOR, Campus Ministry, Common Ground, Global Programs, and Service Club have signed up to bring this incredible new film to a movie theatre in Lincolnshire. The student efforts begin formally at the school’s Ash Wednesday Prayer Service on February 13, the first day of Lent.
Girl Rising spotlights the stories of unforgettable girls born into unforgiving circumstances. It captures their dreams, their voices, and their remarkable lives. Each girl’s story is transformed for the screen by an acclaimed writer from her native country. Girl Rising is directed by Academy Award nominated Richard Robbins and features performances from Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Selena Gomez, Salma Hayak, Alicia Keys, and others. Academy Award winner Rachel Portman, in collaboration with Hans Zimmer, wrote the original music.
The Woodlands-sponsored screening will take place when the students sell 100 tickets for the Monday, March 11 showing at the Lincolnshire Stadium 21 & Imax, 300 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire. Tickets are $10 each, and students invite the support of the community in this worthy effort – by helping them to reserve 100 tickets online in advance to guarantee the screening. www.woodlandsacademy.org has ticket ordering information, or purchase tickets directly at http://gathr.us/screening/1073 (enter 60045 if prompted for zip code).
Around the world, millions of girls face barriers to education that boys do not. And, yet, when a girl is educated, cycles of poverty are broken in just one generation.
Removing barriers to girls’ education—such as early and forced marriage, domestic slavery, sex trafficking, gender violence and discrimination, lack of access to healthcare, school fees—means not only a better life for girls, but a safer, healthier, and more prosperous world for all.
10×10 is a global campaign founded by award-winning journalists to educate and empower girls—working to create a ripple effect that will transform communities for generations. The feature film Girl Rising is at the center of this campaign. 10×10 has grown to a movement that includes a network of global supporters—from strategic partner Intel corporation to notable NGOs, corporations, policy makers, and grassroots organizations. All are working to change minds, lives, and policy.
Girl Rising will be released in theatres on the eve of International Women’s Day. Woodlands’ requested screening falls within that week of International Women’s Day and is designed to raise awareness about why educating girls matters to all of us.