Dear Peralta Community,
I don't know about you, but I can't stop humming those words from the 5th graders' performance of the Mosaic Project song or visualizing those kids with their fists in the air singing in Spanish about working for peace. Los ninos are 'el futuro'. Those kids give me hope for the future, and they inspire me now. I am proud of them, and I'm proud of us all for taking some time out from our jobs, our worries, our commitments, and yes, even our passion for soccer to come together in the place where we live. ("oh oh oh oh")
I want to send a multi-lingual thank you to the whole community for making the Diversity-Unity Committee's 2010 Diversity Dinner such a multi-sensory, multi-cultural, multi-generational success. As was the case last year, I found that one language does not express sufficiently the gratitude I feel and the thanks that are in order. So....
to all those who attended Saturday's dinner with good spirits and good appetites.
to those who brought dishes from their heritage, their family cookbooks, or their favorite take out spots.
to those of you who shared your bounty even further by dropping canned goods in the food drive bins and/or who signed up for the meal train.
to those of you who haven't yet but will participate in the meal train and food drive over the next few days.
to the dozens of volunteers who helped set up, welcome, serve, guard, craft and clean.
to those who donated or acquired donations of furniture, heat lamps, or coffee (or all of the above ala Sonia Perez )
to Rosette and Paul who allowed and enabled us to transform the school site into a night cafe/club/wall ball court.
to DJ DelicaTess'n aka Tess Unger for taking requests and serving up the platters.
to the Diversity-Unity Committee and the dinner sub-committee (see below), many of whom put in countless hours of prep work to create such a special night.
to the entire Peralta community. I am truly grateful to be part of such a diverse community united in our desire to give all our children the best education possible and in so doing enrich our lives all the more.
I hope you are inspired to seek out more of what the Diversity/Unity Committee does to come together in this place we share. Stay tuned for more community building, advocacy, and education!
Diversity-Unity Committee Chair