from the Galatzan Gazette, LAUSD Boardmember Galatzan's weekly e-newsletter
July 9 - As President Obama struggles with jumpstarting the Middle East peace process, a group of Cleveland High School students is participating in a project bringing together Israeli and Palestinian students. From July 6 through August 14, 15-20 Cleveland students will collaborate with their Palestinian and Israelis peers on a short film. Evelyn Seubert, a video production teacher at Cleveland and co-founder of the International Youth Media Summit, said this summer's program grew out of previous cultural exchanges involving her school and students in such countries as Scotland, Belize, and South Korea. Seubert said the students will not be making a political film, but instead "something fun", perhaps with a detective theme. The students will be collaborating on the script, via the Internet, and filming scenes on their home turf. While the result will not by itself bring peace to the Middle East, it offers a vision of what can happen when that elusive goal is finally achieved. "This project exposes people to what happens when everyone is working toward a common goal," said Seubert.