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Students bring ‘Earth’ to Dillon

ROBERT ALLEN
summit daily news
Summit County, Colorado

Summit Daily/Mark Fox

DILLON ” Local residents can enjoy the Disney film “Earth” at Skyline Cinema today thanks to Dillon Valley Elementary fifth-graders’ letters and e-mails to Trans-Lux Storyteller Theatres.

With a limited supply of 1,800 nationwide prints, the film wouldn’t have come to Dillon without the students’ persistence, said Renee Parish, advertising and marketing director for the theaters.

DVE teacher Jill Brickson said the student-led project was part of the fifth-grade exhibition of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program ” which is in its first year at the school.

“It’s been a really fun experience ” pretty empowering for these (students),” she said of her seven students aiming to increase Earth awareness.

Some 200 second- through fifth-grade students will take an eco-friendly walk this morning from the school to the theater, where they’ll get an exclusive screening of the film before it opens to the public this afternoon.

“We’re hoping to educate people by going to see the movie,” said fifth-grader Erani Munoz, 10.

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Another group of students ” fourth- and fifth- graders from across Summit County ” will be treated to a later exclusive viewing of the film. A total of about 600 are to see “Earth” today.

The group from Brickson’s class has prepared surveys to be given before and after the film. They hope to determine what people learned from the film, and are to present their findings May 14 and 15, from 1-3:30 p.m. at DVE.

These students are one group of five taking part in the school’s exhibition program. Others are studying such topics as land-mine removal, local domestic

animals and womens’ rights.

The theater is hosting a fair for Earth Day today in its concession area, where more than 20 community and global organizations are to be represented ” including Defenders of Wildlife, Greenpeace, Keystone Science School, the Sierra Club and High Country Conservation Center, according to the press release.

Later this afternoon, the conservation center is to award the Lisa Simpson Outstanding Youth Award for the students involved in organizing Earth Day.

“Green Scene Awards recognize people who go above and beyond to keep Summit County green and the Earth happy,” said Carly Wier, executive director of the conservation center.

The center has several events for Earth Week 2009, including an action fair Saturday at the Summit County Community and Senior Center, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. where the rest of the Green Scene Award winners will be announced.