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Lessons from Lucy Laney Elementary.
August 16, 2019  |  7:00pm – 9:00pm
Wooddale Church – Loring Park Campus


Love Them First: Lessons from Lucy Laney Elementary follows the strength and determination of principal, Mauri Melander Friestleben, as she embarks to undo history. Friestleben not only faces the challenge of the largest achievement gap between black and white children in the United States, but she also faces another barrier – being on the state’s list of under performing schools – for two decades.


The documentary’s filmmakers KARE 11 reporter Lindsey Seavert and photojournalist Ben Garvin were allowed access to the elementary school to document daily joys and challenges in the school. Love Them First: Lessons From Lucy Laney Elementary tells the story of the exceptional resilience of Lucy Laney’s students and staff. Throughout the film, Friestleben is met with challenges that force her to discover the true measure of student success at Lucy Laney.


Join Transform Minnesota for an evening to honor educators across the Twin Cities, and hear a story of true inspiration, heartbreak, perseverance and the power of love.



To learn more about the making of the film, please visit



Tickets are free, but registration is required.

We encourage you to share this opportunity with educators and teachers within your community!



The documentary screening will take place at Wooddale Church, Loring Park Campus – Music Box Theater.

The Music Box is located at 1407 Nicollet Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55403


PARKING  |  We are offering validated parking at the Loring / Hyatt Parking Ramp, 1300 Nicollet Ave, Mpls. It is located at Nicollet Mall and West Grant Street. Wooddale parking teams will also be on site to navigate you! Plan to allow for an extra 10 minutes for parking.






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August 16, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Wooddale Church Loring Park Campus
1407 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55407 United States