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Jefferson to host Texas premier of documentary "The Longest Road"

Release: Nov. 3, 2016 

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What:         Jefferson High School, an International Baccalaureate candidate school, to host Texas premier 
                  showing of the documentary “The Longest Road.” 
Initiative is part of Jefferson’s "Think Globally...Act Locally" speaker series

When:        Nov. 5 - (Sat) at 6 p.m.

Where:       Jefferson High School, 723 Donaldson Ave.

The showing of this true story about Iraqi refugees and the American veterans who have returned to help them is a component of Jefferson’s International Baccalaureate (IB) studies in global diplomacy and leadership. “The Longest Road,” which is making its Texas debut, brings awareness on the humanitarian work provided to ISIS survivors through efforts including medical supplies, food, clothing and the rebuilding of schools, orphanages and other infrastructure to help restore and bring life back to many villages.

The event is part of Jefferson’s "Think Globally...Act Locally" speaker series to ignite student thought and conversation, and exemplifies the pledge students, faculty and parents made during last summer’s Leadership Institute to transform Jefferson into a world-class school by 2020.  

Invited are several other SAISD schools, including three which are also IB candidates, as well as Burbank High School, which has been an IB World School for nearly 20 years.

Admission is free, but donations will be accepted with all movie proceeds benefitting Iraqi Kurdistan refugees.

The documentary’s first showing was in September at Orange Lutheran High School in Orange County, California. After San Antonio, other screenings will include Houston, New York and Washington, D.C., prior to its being entered into film festivals such as the Sundance.

About International Baccalaureate

The IB program is an internationally respected college-prep curriculum that aims to develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn, and work in a global world.

Jefferson has been approved as a candidate and is year one of a three-year process to become authorized as an IB World School.  Through IB, great emphasis is placed on intercultural understanding and global engagement, and the IB diploma represents one of the highest standards in college-preparatory education. Besides Jefferson, SAISD’s other IB candidate schools are Harris and Longfellow middle schools and Woodlawn Academy.