The San Francisco Alliance of Black School Educators, in partnership with the African American Art & Cultural Complex, SFUSD African American Parent Advisory Council (AAPAC), the Golden State Warriors, Coleman Advocates and other community partners are distributing gift bags for the 310 African American students who graduated from SFUSD high schools in 2020.
This year, AAPAC in partnership with the African American Achievement and Leadership Initiative (AAALI) hosted a virtual graduation celebration for African American graduates that was coordinated with the Reach Higher Virtual Commencement Celebration, a national online ceremony hosted by Former First Lady Michelle Obama.
In past years, students have received gift bags at in-person ceremonies but this year the Alliance of Black School Educators wanted to find new ways to let graduating students know how important they are to their home community.
“This is a way of letting the students know that they are cared about and loved by the community,” said Virginia Marshall, President of the San Francisco Alliance of Black School Educators. “They are getting ready for their next journey, and we appreciate Superintendent Matthews and the support of SFUSD as we wish them well.”
Each gift bag includes a Kente cloth embroidered with “Class of 2020” along with gift cards, Warriors gifts and T—Shirts. Gift bags will be distributed at 555 Franklin on Tuesday, June 23 from 10 am - 3pm and on Wednesday, June 24 from 10am - 1pm.