Feature Film

Standing Up To Poverty

In traveling across the state, visiting dozens of schools and interviewing hundreds of educators about the most pressing issues in education, there’s an overarching theme in all of the stories we’ve filmed to date: poverty has an impact on a child’s ability to learn.

When a student is hungry, sick, tired, falling behind, not ready to be in school or simply can’t speak English, schools must take on an  added responsibility and meet the basic needs for every child before approaching academics. With nearly two in five Nebraska children living in low-income households, the issue of poverty in education needs a community’s collective impact and continuous support to find the most effective solutions and pave the way for success. Watch Standing Up to Poverty to learn how we e can all make an impact in our local community and state.

2013 Official Selection

PovertyCure International Film Festival

2013 Official Selection

FilmStreams Local Filmmakers Showcase



How to Take Action

Share Your Resources

Donate resources to a school in need. Call the principal ahead of time to ask what the school needs most and how you can contribute. A simple donation can go a long way – from breakfast bars to extra coats and toiletries, it all helps our teachers and students focus on learning.

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Share Your Time

Donate your time to community partners who support schools and students in need, like Food Bank for the Heartland, Building Healthy Futures, or Completely Kids.

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Other Ways You Can Take Action

Host a screening of Standing Up to Poverty with colleagues, friends and family, or request a private screening from the Nebraska Loves Public Schools team. Host a screening!

Help spread the word about how poverty impacts education. Spread the word!

Provide classroom supplies to a local school. Not all students are able to show up to school on the first day with a backpack full of the supplies that they need for a year full (or even day) of learning.

Donate directly to a school’s emergency fund. Schools sometimes use these funds to help families during a time of crisis. Whether it’s 100, 50 or 5 dollars, whatever you can give might seem like a small gift, but this money can make a big difference and help keep students ready and able to learn.

Give to local public schools funds. These organizations specialize in distributing donations and gifts directly to schools in need. Call your local school to find out which organizations they work with to accept monetary donations.

Contact a state representative to voice your support of public schools. Learn more!