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Love Them First: Lessons From Lucy Laney Elementary

With unprecedented access over the course of a year this feature-length documentary, Love Them First — Lessons from Lucy Laney Elementary, follows the determination of a charismatic north Minneapolis elementary school principal, Mauri Melander Friestleben, as she sets out to undo history. Not only does the state have the largest achievement gap between black and white children in the United States, Friestleben faced another seemingly impossible obstacle, with Lucy Laney at the bottom of the state's list of underperforming schools for two decades. It's a story of inspiration, heartbreak, perseverance and the power of love. For more information on the film, the filmmakers and for discussion guide to help facilitate a screening in your own community, visit For a 30-minute post-film KARE 11 special with interview updates from Mauri, Lisa and filmmakers Ben and Lindsey: Love Them First is now also available on Amazon Prime: A film by Lindsey Seavert and Ben Garvin Copyright KARE 11, TEGNA --- Welcome to the KARE 11 News YouTube channel. Subscribe to our channel for compelling and dramatic storytelling, award winning investigations, breaking news and information you can use. » Subscribe to KARE 11 on YouTube: » Watch more KARE 11 video: » Visit » Download our app! » Find KARE 11 on Facebook: » Follow KARE 11 on Twitter: » Follow KARE 11 on Instagram:
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