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Updated: February 20, 2013 6:07AM



Gurnee

Screening: Country Meadows Montessori School will host a free screening of the groundbreaking documentary “Race to Nowhere” Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. at 6151 Washington St. Parents will have a chance to view the video, which explores the pitfalls of America’s high-achievement education culture and explores alternative approaches for children. Screenings of the documentary have provided a forum for schools and communities to discuss the pressure-cooker climate that dominates American classrooms. The film has succeeded in exposing how excessive homework, high-stakes testing, and a cyclical trap of busyness and competition have led to an epidemic of anxious, overworked, and, at times, unhealthy young people. An alumni panel discussion will follow the screening. Attendees will get to ask questions, share their own educational experiences . Child care will be provided. Free tickets can be reserved at www.racetonowhere.com/epostcard/6725. Child care can be reserved by emailing tbrooks@cmmontessori.net.

Highland Park

Honors: The American Hebrew Academy announced that David Weisskopf of Highland Park was accepted into the American Hebrew Academy Honor Society. The international honor society acknowledges exceptional eighth and ninth grade students who have demonstrated excellence in academics, athletics, the arts, leadership and service to their communities. David currently attends Sager Solomon Schechter Day School where he has a stellar academic record. David participates in many activities, ranging from athletics and fine arts to community service. David has also taken on various leadership roles within his youth group and school. David has been invited to attend a Scholars Weekend at the Academy in Greensboro, N.C., over the weekend of Feb. 1-3. David will have the opportunity to compete for one of five renewable $20,000 annual merit-based scholarships that will be applied toward the cost of tuition to attend the Academy. Details, www.AHAHonorSociety.org.



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