By Carmel Coligans
Saint Elizabeth Seton School hosted an event with author Francisco Jiménez, who was interviewed by his son Miguel on stage at the school. Francisco is a Professor at Santa Clara University and an award-winning author of several well-known autobiographical short stories: The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child; Breaking Through; Reaching Out & Taking Hold. His books are read and discussed by many in middle and high school to learn not only about the struggles an immigrant family can face, but how obstacles are overcome and how education plays a key role in breaking the cycle of poverty.
With 170 people in attendance including: Seton School Friends, family, staff, teachers and students, we gathered for an early welcoming reception. Delicious pupusas, taquitos, pork sliders and more were prepared by our parents and staff, and then served by teachers to our many guests. Also attending the event was Francisco’s wife, Laura Jiménez.
Francisco’s conversation with Miguel was warm, engaging and entertaining. Both of them donated their time to support our school’s fundraising efforts. Proceeds from this particular event will help to subsidize the school’s food program. Several junior high students attended the event, too. They were delighted to meet Francisco in person, and have their personal copies of his books signed.