San Francisco Unified School District
Office of Public Outreach and Communications
555 Franklin Street, Room 305 ● San Francisco, CA 94102
Tel: 415.241.6565 ● Fax: 415.241.6036 ● www.sfusd.edu
For Immediate Release November 16, 2006
Photo/Video Opportunities Contact: Gentle Blythe
Cell: (415) 531-2943
THEIR VERY FIRST THANKSGIVING
Newcomers celebrate with song and food at Mission Education Center
Wearing their best clothing, dozens of animated students will crowd the “dinner table” to enjoy a
feast of turkey, mashed potatoes, vegetables, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.
Kindergarteners to fifth-graders, all newly arrived immigrants who speak only Spanish, will
highlight the American tradition with songs such as “This Land is Your Land,” to “Mr. Turkey,”
to “Let There Be Peace on Earth.”
WHAT: Join students to celebrate their first American Thanksgiving
Luncheon in this country.
WHEN: Friday, November 17, 2006. There will be two separate programs in
the school cafeteria: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Kindergarten – 2nd grades, 12:45
p.m. – 1:45 p.m. 3rd – 5th grades.
WHERE: Mission Education Center, 1670 Noe St. @ 30th St., San Francisco
HOW: Sponsored and hosted every year by the members of the San Francisco
Geneva-Mission Lions Club, a local chapter of Lions Clubs International for
over 30 years.
Mission Education Center, founded in 1972, is a K-5 school for newly arrived immigrant students
who speak only Spanish. The transitional program is aimed at helping newcomers achieve the
necessary skills and confidence in order to succeed in the regular school to which they will transfer
at the end of one year.
For more information, call Principal Deborah Molof, at (415) 695-5313 or the Office of Public
Outreach and Communication, at (415) 241-6565.