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Wilkinsburg Students Raise Support for Greening Public Spaces

On Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, students from Wilkinsburg will host a screening of their short documentary Wilkinsburg: The Way We See It, at 6 pm, at Hosanna House. The students are partnering with the Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation to raise support for the greening of Wilkinsburg’s public spaces.

The film highlights innovative projects in Wilkinsburg, including redevelopment initiatives from the Penn State Center. The students hope that they can change the negative perception of the community into that of a thriving business district.

“As a whole, Wilkinsburg is not bad; and that’s what I always tell people. We want to show people the good things about our community,” said filmmaker Sophia Bennett.

To make the documentary, students researched the topic, interviewed local stakeholders, shot videos, and edited the film with the F.U.S.E. after-school program as part of the Hear Me 101 project at Carnegie Mellon University.

Admission to the screening is free and a reception follows. Watch Wilkinsburg: The Way We See It at

The students produced their short film as part of the Hear Me 101 project at the CREATE Lab at Carnegie Mellon University. Hear Me 101 is programmed by a group of professional organizations dedicated to producing and promoting youth voice to inspire social change, including the CREATE Lab, the Consortium for Public Education, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Youth Media Program, and the Western PA Writing Project.

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