September 13, 2010 — Local fourth-grade teacher John Hunter has found a way to get students to role-play how to solve international issues, like achieving peace, saving the environment and creating health and prosperity.
A documentary about them, "World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements," will be screened Sept. 24 at 3:30 p.m. in the University of Virginia's Minor Hall auditorium. The event, free and open to the public, will feature a talk afterward with Hunter and Patrice Grimes, a Curry School of Education assistant professor who concentrates on social studies education.
Local filmmaker and U.Va. alumnus Chris Farina directed "World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements," presenting not only a portrait of Hunter, who teaches at Agnor-Hurt Elementary School, but also an inspirational look at the game he invented 30 years ago to teach peace and collaboration to gifted young students.
The Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences is sponsoring the screening.