Walla Walla Students Screen The Blueprint

March 21, 2016 | Elaine Blake Hinshaw

Nearly 150 stalwart supporters of Adventist education braved the cold and dark of evening on Jan. 5 to join acclaimed filmmaker Martin Doblmeir for a screening of his documentary, The Blueprint. The screening was hosted by Walla Walla Valley Academy (WWVA) for Walla Walla University.

The Blueprint, which was released on PBS in 2014, explores the daily lives of teachers and students in Adventist schools throughout the country — from large schools to small rural and inner city schools. The film focuses on how the unique whole-child approach to education — which includes mind, body and spirit — is associated with transforming lives. The movie also looks at the challenges of funding and commitment that dominate the time of so many educators and church leaders.

“We were grateful the university asked us to be part of Mr. Doblmeir’s visit to the valley,” says Brian Harris, WWVA principal. “It is incredibly important that we do not take what Adventist educations offers for granted. Seeing our educational system through fresh eyes reminds us how special this approach is, and it reinvigorates our commitment to more than just curriculum, but to each of our students.”

After the film, Doblmeir remained to answer questions from the audience for about half an hour. “You all have braved this cold winter Tuesday night to come out and see a movie, and I appreciate it. And Ellen White would be so proud,” he said.

If you are interested in purchasing this film or learning more about its award-winning filmmaker, visit http://the-blueprint-film.com or talk to your local Adventist Book Center distributor.