Love Them First: Lessons From Lucy Laney Elementary

This show is open to high school and middle school students.


Students and families can choose from the following times:

  • Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 7:00pm


North High School
1500 James Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55411

About the Show

Filmmakers Lindsey Seavert and Ben Garvin follow the students, families, and educators of Lucy Laney Elementary School in North Minneapolis. An insightful portrait of youth education in Minnesota, Love Them First: Lessons From Lucy Laney Elementary, provides an inside look into early childhood development, the school’s infrastructure and the current needs of the community. The film puts the focus on the school’s reality–over ninety-one percent of Lucy Laney’s students are growing up under the poverty line, and the school has been flagged as failing to meet state and federal education bars. Enter Mauri Friestleben, the school’s principal. Determined to see the students of Lucy Laney succeed, Freistleben, and supporting staff, decided to try a new approach as the school heads into a new year.

This film is appropriate for all ages. 


If you do not have access to a ride, call Project Success and we can provide transportation for you. Please let us know if you need a ride when you make your reservation. We will need at least 2 days’ notice to set up transportation.

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or call Project Success at (612) 874-7710

This show is open to high school and middle school students.

Invited students can pick up tickets at the Project Success table in the lobby of the theater on the dates of the performances. Please arrive 20 minutes before the show to pick up your tickets. Each student/family may receive up to 4 FREE tickets.

Thank you to Project Success theater partner, MSP Film Society, for providing tickets to students at no cost.


  • This is a true story of a school choosing to prioritize the well-being of students, even though others are evaluating the school solely by academic measures. The idea is that by caring for the students as whole people, that will also support academic success. Do you agree? Why or why not?

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Film trailer