Local students in documentary airing on Thursday night

ALPENA -Alpena residents can tune in to the Public Broadcasting Station WCML Thursday, at 10:30 p.m. to watch a documentary showcasing local students involved in hands-on educational projects through the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative. The show will feature projects from around Michigan that highlight the diverse educational opportunities provided by GLSI.

The documentary, “Growing Up Green,” is a 28 minute presentation produced by Bob Gliner, a veteran documentary maker whose work has ranged from events in Cuba and Macedonia, to changes in American classrooms.

Gliner described the documentary as a profile of “a unique statewide, hands-on environmental education program.”

He said for the first time, “both rural and urban schools across the state are working to increase academic performance by involving students in local efforts to improve the environments they inhabit.”

The documentary shows programs from some of the nine GLSI hubs, including the Northeast Michigan hub, where students are actively involved in bettering their community through service projects.

“The programs offered through GLSI are having a positive impact on the environment and culture of education,” GLSI Program Coordinator Daniel Moffatt said. “Schools from all over Michigan have portions of their programs featured in the documentary, including schools from Grand Rapids, the Upper Peninsula, urban Detroit and Alpena. It is really a statewide feature that shows place-based education and how it engages youth in learning.”

The documentary includes local projects such as the Thunder Bay Junior High Adopt-a-Beach and litter issue, along with Sanborn School’s invasive species project and Alpena High School’s Shipwreck Alley class.

“It’s an inspiring story,” Moffatt said. “This is something that shows how local students are engaged with the environment and community, and are impacting it for the better. It really brings the awareness of what happens through GLSI on state and local levels.”

For more information about GLSI, visit www.nemiglsi.org.

Nicole Grulke can be reached via email at ngrulke@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5687. Follow Nicole on Twitter @ng_alpenanews.