[BHS Etree] BUSD: BPEF Spring Luncheon and Noah Silverman St. John's "Backbone & Education"

BHS etree bhs at lists.lmi.net
Wed May 16 18:43:02 PDT 2012

The Berkeley Public Education Foundation's 2012 Spring Luncheon was a sold
out event with over 460 people in attendance, and it looks like it will
raise nearly (if not more than--they're still counting) $180,000 for BPEF's
grant & volunteer programs in all the schools.

This year BPEF recognized Distinguished Educators Akemi Hamai, Martin Luther
King Jr. Middle School; Mary Patterson, Longfellow Middle School and George
Rose, from Willard Middle School for going "Above and Beyond" in their
commitment to their students and schools.

BPEF had a special treat for the honorees and the packed room. They asked
Berkeley High Sophomore Noah Silverman St. John, nationally recognized
spoken word performer, to write and perform a specific piece for the event,
capturing his experience of growing up through the Berkeley schools. 

Noah incorporated his years at Malcolm X Elementary, King Middle School and
now Berkeley High into his piece, titled "Backbone & Education," which
brought the crowd to a standing ovation. 

The audience reaction brought Noah to tears as he witnessed how his
self-proclaimed "Love Letter" brought the love back from the assembled group
of public school supporters.

Check out video of Noah's performance.

Noah Silverman St. John's "Backbone & Education" on YouTube:

Noah Silverman St. John's "Backbone & Education" on Vimeo:
<https://vimeo.com/42025291> https://vimeo.com/42025291

Check out photos of the event:

Mark Coplan, Public Information Officer

Berkeley Unified School District

510-644-6320 Cell: 510-472-3811




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