Feature Film

It Takes a Community

There are many different factors that go into the education of a child. Although there is no silver bullet when it comes to solving the achievement gap, a good place to start is ensuring that all students have equal access to supplemental learning opportunities in order to reach their full academic growth and development. But schools can’t do it alone. Education must become an inclusive process in which each member of the community has an important role in contributing to opportunity equality so that each child has a chance to succeed in academics and in life.

When students have basic needs met, nurturing relationships with adults who care, and access to educational opportunities both inside the classroom and out in the community, the path to success becomes more attainable and the future looks brighter for everyone. When students and schools succeed, the community thrives.

With input from teachers, nonprofit administrators and business leaders, including specific examples of programs in action, “It Takes a Community” explores how community partnerships provide students with greater access to educational opportunities and how engagement with our public schools helps ensure the vitality of our state.

“Thanks for raising awareness about this little known facet of the educational equation.”

Jeff Cole, Nebraska Children and Families Foundation

“[It Takes a Community] deeply affected me, made me cry, actually. You have my support and interest.”

Angie Rosenthal, Masters Elementary School

“[This film] was the finest piece of collaborative work I have ever watched. Not only was every scene meaningful, beautiful and well shot, but the cast was splendid as well, making the entire message wonderfully powerful. ”

Duane Thompson, Metropolitan Community College

How to Take Action

Tour a school

Showing interest in what’s going on at the school in your neighborhood lets students, teachers and administrators know the community is behind them.

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Share your time

Whether you can drop by once a week, once a month, or once in awhile, ask a school in your community if they could use a helping hand with anything.

Learn how

Other Ways You Can Take Action

Donate your time to community partners who support schools and students in need (like Food Bank for the Heartland, Building Healthy Futures, Completely Kids, or Midlands Mentoring Partnership, to name a few).

Share your skills. Use your talents to help students develop theirs. Tutor a student through your local school, or become a formal mentor.

Schedule your company’s career day. Visit a classroom and teach students about the work you do. Inspire them to pursue a career path that interests them.

Invite classrooms into your office or workspace. Dedicate one hour to talk to students about your industry. Introduce them to what happens in your profession.

Be supportive. Encourage and support employees and co-workers who donate their time to help students learn.

Contact the organizations featured in our film: Peter Kiewit Foundation, The Durham Museum, Arbor Day Farm, Completely Kids, YMCA Greater Omaha, Midlands Mentoring Partnership, Food Bank for the Heartland, ConAgra Foods Foundation

Help spread the word about how community partnerships make a big impact in education.

Host a screening of "It Takes a Community," with colleagues, family, or friends.