San Diego City Council Member Marti Emerald has honored Crawford High School's New Arrivals Center with a proclamation that declared May 16, 2014 "Crawford High School New Arrival Center Day" in the City of San Diego.
recognition was accepted by the school, as well as special recognition
for teachers Gwen Osgard, Skye Cooke-Pinon and Viraj Ward, during
special performances by students reflecting the nearly 40 languages and
more than 30 countries represented at the Mid-City campus. Students from
the New Arrival Center celebrated their many cultures in a performance
that included singing, dancing and poetry recitals in more than 10
languages. Parents, community members, staff and Emerald attended the
afternoon performance entitled “The Big Celebration.”
the Mid-City area of San Diego, Crawford High School is one of the most
diverse high schools in San Diego, with more than 37 languages from 33
countries. The New Arrival Center, now in its sixth year, is a program
that was specifically designed to assist the unique needs of English
Language Learners as they make the transition from their home countries
to the academic demands of high school.
Students are given a year
in a self-contained classroom to not only acquire English in an
accelerated course of instruction, but to learn about American cultures
and customs as well.
During the celebration, Emerald presented
the New Arrival teachers with the proclamation to acknowledge the
efforts of both the center’s teachers and its goals.
that “immigrants are the backbone of the strength and diversity of the
United States “and they often “face immeasurable traumas and obstacles
when they arrive to the United States.” She extended the Council’s
“appreciation of the service, value and contributions” of the New
Arrival Center at Crawford.
For more information on the New Arrival Center, contact Principal Ana Marie Alvarez at (619) 362-3700.