Jean and Nnamdi attended the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) luncheon event focusing on how 2016 Bay Area school bonds will provide better learning environments for our students. Four keynote speakers addressed the group of distinguished architects and engineers.
The first Long Table Dinner debuted in 2012 in the corridor of Ida B Wells High School. After renovation of the school and its Culinary Academy, the tradition continues. The students plan, prepare, and serve a multi-course meal to over 50 guests at a very long table. The School's Heat Of The Kitchen program teaches the participants how the strength of their combined efforts is bigger than the sum of the parts. It's magic! Learn more about the program here www.heatofthekitchen.org and here pastemagazine.com/articles/2016/06/alice-cravens-thriving-in-the-heat-of-the-kitchen.html
A ribbon cutting gathering was held to celebrate the addition of a new sprung hardwood floor in the dance studio! When the Center was initially renovated, a dance and recording studio were introduced, and the space opened with a resilient dance surface. Through gifts from the Musical Theatre Works and ASEP McKinley the surface was upgraded to a fully sprung floor to serve the needs of the rehearsal space and after-school programs that have adopted the dance studio.
Classes started again in the newly renovated Ida B Wells High School after their year-and-a-half hiatus at John O'Connell HS in the Mission. The school administration and staff hosted an open house to show off their beautiful school to the community with tours led by teachers and support staff. Peter and I were happy to attend the opening and share the enthusiasm. Thanks to the great effort and investment by San Francisco Unified and its project team, the project has been well received. This historic school has some really good bones.