**MEDIA ADVISORY**

A Special Thanksgiving Dinner: Children turn their school cafeteria into a soup kitchen to assist those in need

The Committee for Hispanic Children and Families (CHCF) and PS/MS 279

WHAT: The Committee for Hispanic Children and Families partners with PS/MS 279 the Captain Manuel Rivera School, and together are hosting a Community Soup Kitchen to provide the community with a very special Thanksgiving Dinner. Elementary and middle school students from our after school program will take the lead in the coordination and preparation of this wonderful event. We will have the opportunity to enjoy dinner, music and dance with our community and much more.

WHEN:   Tuesday, November 22, 2016 from 5 – 7:30pm

WHERE:  PS/MS 279

2100 Walton Ave.

Bronx, NY 10453

WHY: This event began in 2005 as a community service project for middle school students in the program. The goal of this event is to provide a special meal for the elderly and homeless in the area around PS/MS 279.  An unintended, but positive outcome, has been bridging the gap between different generations in the community. CHCF is an organization that believes education is the key through which families and communities can improve agency and social mobility. CHCF’s direct service programs in early education and youth development inform its policy and advocacy initiatives around language access and equity, parent engagement, and improved supports for early care and education.

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