January 2015 Dear Friend, 1501 O’Farrell Street San Francisco, CA 94115 415.749-3520 MISSION To integrate Japanese language and culture with the school district’s core curriculum, providing students and their families with a rich educational experience and window to the world. BOARD OF DIRECTORS Dave Blacker Augie Phillips When you were growing up, were you a part of a community that helped you form your identity and engaged your whole family? Today you can honor that experience by providing it to someone else – the children of the Rosa Parks Elementary School Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program (JBBP) of the SF Unified School District (SFUSD), located in the Western Addition. With a tight budget and a lot of heart and soul, the program, including native Japanese Sensei (instructors), helps the 250 children of the Rosa Parks JBBP learn to speak, write, read and understand Japanese. JBBP students also celebrate culture and traditions in a way that fosters a lifelong love of learning, prepares them for college, and opens their minds to a global view. JBBP serves a diverse population of students from the neighborhood and throughout the city and is one of the SFUSD’s great success stories. For over 40 years, unflagging support from parents, families, community organizations and businesses have made it possible to offer JBBP to public elementary students, even during times of severe budgetary limitations. Deborah Hamilton Kristen Hata Tony Tam Ed Castellanos Ako Hisa Kent Iwamiya We are holding our 2015 Annual Celebration and Fundraiser on Saturday, March 14, 2015, at St. Mary’s Cathedral at 1111 Gough Street, and are seeking donations of goods or services for our auction, cash, and/or purchase of ads for our program. We would appreciate your tax-deductible donation. Our Tax ID Number is 03-0436102. Lynn Muscat Erika Onuma Raymond Lum Taeko Morioka Rachel Hinson Naomi Nishioka Please see the attached pages for ad prices. We look forward to a favorable reply by Friday, February 13, 2015. With your help, we can continue to help the children of the Rosa Parks JBBP receive a strong Japanese language and culture program in addition to their regular elementary school education. To donate or for more information, please contact Kristy Topham at [email protected]/415.637.9520. For more information about our program, visit www.jbbpsf.org. The children of Rosa Parks JBBP thank you for your generosity!