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Upcoming film examines pressure to perform

Race to Nowhere Film PosterRogers, OASD partner to bring film, conversation about student health and success to Lake Country

Oconomowoc - A film being screened at the Oconomowoc Arts Center on Oct. 1 will ask the Lake Country community to consider what it takes to raise “healthy, happy children,” in a performance-based culture.

A free screening of “Race To Nowhere,” a documentary film that looks at performance-based education and the impact it has on kids, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 1, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Oconomowoc Arts Center.

Rogers Memorial Hospital and Oconomowoc Area School District have partnered to bring the film to Oconomowoc.

"This is an opportunity for our community to come together and have a conversation about raising healthy, happy children,” said Stephanie Eken, pediatrician, psychiatrist and medical director of the Child Center at Rogers Memorial Hospital.

“As a pediatrician and psychiatrist, I see firsthand the impact that this stress can have on some children.” "The pressures today’s students face impact kids across the entire spectrum of our community,” she said. “Mental health impacts everyone, regardless of social and economic qualifiers.”

"Our conversation — and the reason we introduce this film — is to begin a conversation about how our communities define success,” said Patricia Neudecker, Superintendent of the Oconomowoc School district. “An important part of watching ‘Race To Nowhere’ is community interaction – a chance for audience members to consider what the film has to say to them.”

After watching ‘Race To Nowhere’ at the OAC, participants are invited to stay for a panel discussion to continue the conversation about creating and supporting an educational system that supports all children, makes health a priority and better prepares students for their future.

Mitch Teich, executive producer of WUWM public radio’s weekday magazine program, “Lake Effect,” will host a moderated discussion following the film. Joining him will be: Eken; Joseph Moylan, Principal of Oconomowoc High School; and Edie Scott, coordinator of Parents United, a non-profit consortium of 16 Waukesha County special education departments.

Although there is no charge, tickets to the screening should be reserved in advance. To reserve tickets online, go to the Oconomowoc Arts Center website: www.theoac.net.

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