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In the DC area? Join us for a private screening of Brooklyn Castle this Sunday!

By Sarah Simpson

If you didn't get a chance to see Brooklyn Castle in theaters, now you can!

The Afterschool Alliance invites you to join us for a showcase of local afterschool programs and a private screening of Brooklyn Castle this Sunday, December 2. This award-winning documentary tells the story of a chess team at a below-the-poverty-line inner city junior high school—one that has won more national championships than any other in the country—facing recessionary budget cuts to extracurricular activities that threaten to eliminate the chess program.

The story of the I.S. 318 chess team underscores the importance of protecting the programs that keep our kids safe, inspire them to learn and help working families. The screening will also showcase local programs that will share firsthand the important impact of afterschool.

Bring your family, friends, colleagues and neighbors to see the film that critics are hailing as the best documentary of the year, and has been featured on major television networks like Fox NewsCBS and MSNBC.

Private screening of Brooklyn Castle
Sunday, December 2, 2012
2:30-5:00 pm
Sitar Arts Center
1700 Kalorama Road Northwest, Suite 101
Washington, DC 20009

Watch the trailer: 

The movie will begin at 3:00 pm. Come early for an Afterschool Showcase at 2:30 pm.  Students from the following local programs will be in attendance to show off their afterschool experiences:

Project Create – Project Create works with children, youth and families feeling the effects of homelessness and poverty.  They use arts education as a tool to promote positive youth development.  The programs goals are to create art, create community and create opportunity.

Sitar Arts Center – Sitar Arts Center is a program that allows children to explore and study visual and performing arts in a safe environment.  Sitar works with local volunteer artists and arts organizations to provide students with a comprehensive education in the visual and performing arts.

People Animals Love – People Animals Love (PAL) is a year round program that works with low-income children struggling with gaps in their academic, emotional and social skills.  Using children’s natural interest in animals, the PAL Club afterschool program works to improve the students’ reading, math and behavioral skills.

Chess Challenge in DC – Chess Challenge in DC seeks to promote academic, social and leadership development of students in Washington, DC.  Children participating in the program learn to think strategically, develop self-discipline and positive social skills, and increase their self-esteem.

Reserve seats for you and a friend, or take advantage of our discounted family pack available for a limited time only! 

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