Diversity Dinner 2015 - Saturday November 7th
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The Peralta Welcoming Dinner is a sweet and inclusive party for every single Peralta family to get to know each other better.

Pot-luck Supper

This is the heart of our celebration – just sitting and eating together. Bring your favorite dish to share, enough for 8-10 people..

Free Family Portraits!

Professional photographer Cindy Hegger will take your family's portrait where it will hang on campus to reflect every face of our community.

Dance Party!

Samara Atkins from Destiny Arts Center leads us in community building through dance while DJ Denise spins the jams!

Let’s Play!

Make art and play games that help us all feel safe, included, and connected

Join us. Feel more connected. Know you belong.

The Welcoming Dinner is hosted at Peralta Elementary on Saturday, November 4th, from 4:30-8pm. 

This free community event is co-sponsored by the Diversity/Unity Committee and the Peralta Racial Justice Study Group. 

For more information or to volunteer, contact Ashley Dawn.


Diversity Dinner 2016

Latkes, lumpia, enchiladas, egg curry, pierogies, jalebees, wild boar and lamb stew...

Face painters and henna designers and the folks rocking out on the dance floor…

We ate until we couldn't move, and then we sat around and talked til we could eat some more. 

Thanks so much to all the parents who came and brought dishes, and all the volunteers who scrubbed them clean again. :-)

Shout outs of appreciation to the fabulous folks behind this year's Diversity Dinner!

Diversity Dinner 2015

I want to send out another thank you to all of you who were the feet on the ground (and the hands in the dirty dish-water) to really pull together and make the Diversity Dinner happen this year. It's like a miracle to me how everything comes together at the last minute, and you all need to know that _you_ you are the miracle.

Thanks so much to everyone who participated, and extra thanks to everyone who helped out to pull together this amazing event!

We had fabulous face-painting, and fantastic flag-making crafts.

Folks put their best foot forward in all kinds of meaningful clothing - from dirndls to yukata to their father's favorite sweater to hand-made jeans. 

An on-site photo-booth was super-popular, and kids brought home snapshots with friends and family.

Our People Scavenger Hunt let us know that Star Lightner was born in Oakland, Raniya has more than 5 people in her family, Ms. Costello is one of the few people on campus who still remembers the fire at Peralta, and Deven is your man if you need someone to say the alphabet backwards. :-)

The food! Mango lassi, barbeque chicken, gajar halwa, pecan pie. I'm pretty sure most folks went home stuffed!

An amazing Romanian folk-singer inspired some impromptu toddler folk-dancing. Then it was time to all rock out on the dance floor under the twinkle lights and the stars.

Thanks again to all who came, and to those who couldn't make it - we'll see you next year. :-)

The D-U Dance Party

The D-U Dance Party