Concord teacher receives funds for special program

February 28, 2018 by  

Emily Francis of Concord was recently called on stage on the Ellen DeGeneres Show to receive a check worth $100,000 for the backpack program at her school.

Francis is an English as a Second Language teacher at the W.M. Irvin Elementary School. This is a Title 1 school, meaning that free breakfast and lunch is served to many students. The neediest students get food sent home with them over the weekend as part of the backpack program.

The Chobani Foundation provided the funds for the check, which was presented by the founder of Chobani Yogurt, Hamdi Ulukaya, to Francis on the show.

Francis, along with her four siblings, emigrated from Guatemala to the United States when she was 15 years old in 1994. She had only attended school until the sixth grade and taught herself English once she arrived in this country by watching sitcoms like ‘Friends’ and ‘Ellen’.

Ulukaya came to the United States in same year as Francis and also learned English from watching television, but took ESL classes at the State University of New York at Albany to boost her learning.

During the show, there was a live shot from Francis’ classroom, showing the students cheering her on.

Students can carry out poster printing and create posters to promote such achievements and highlight such special programs that schools offer.