Providing the right resources for SFUSD’s black students 

click to enlarge Saturday’s African-American Family Breakfast and Resource Fair is a great opportunity to see what the SFUSD offers black students in order to allow them to succeed. - JAIME HENRY-WHITE/2013 AP FILE PHOTO
  • Jaime Henry-White/2013 AP file photo
  • Saturday’s African-American Family Breakfast and Resource Fair is a great opportunity to see what the SFUSD offers black students in order to allow them to succeed.
Even though school days are the most special days, this Saturday is also pretty special. I will be gathering at the San Francisco Main Library with our black students and their families to celebrate the new school year.

Joining us will be Mayor Ed Lee and the president of the Alliance of Black Educators, Emily Wade-Thompson — and dozens of community organizations and partners — for the San Francisco Unified School District’s African-American Family Breakfast and Resource Fair.

There will be good food and, of course, information on academic and recreational resources for our students. Through a partnership with cable company Comcast, we will raffle off free laptop computers and give away free school supplies to the first 200 families in attendance.

Transportation is provided from the Bayview (ask your child’s principal for details) and of course we hope to see families from across The City.

When I go out to our schools I see, up close, the faculty and student diversity that makes us a very special public-school district.

On the first day of the school year, I started my day in Bayview-Hunters Point, walking in the third annual Father’s Back To School March and Rally.

I then joined Lee, NAACP President Rev. Amos Brown, supervisors David Chiu and Malia Cohen, and many others at McLaren Early Education School to underscore our united pledge to advance achievement for black children.

I spent time at Balboa High School celebrating our technology academy and new game design class and visited a maker’s lab at Hoover Middle School. Finally, at San Francisco International High School, I met some of our newest immigrants and proudly looked on as they began their first day of school in America.

For too many children for too long, achievement has been tied to their family’s educational background, their neighborhood, their financial standing and/or their race. We are working tirelessly to help remove those Old World obstacles for our students. Expanding achievement and opportunity requires us all.

Let’s face it: We can’t achieve and remain competitive in this city with the old “business as usual” approach. I want all our families to know we are committed to the health, well-being, growth and academic achievement of their children.

For black students and families, this means joining us Saturday for breakfast and valuable community connections. And, on the third Thursday of each month, we invite families to gather at Leola Havard Auditorium at 1520 Oakdale Ave. for the African American Parent Advisory Council. Call (415) 401–2555 for more information.

Richard A. Carranza is the superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District.

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