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Have a seat, Mr. Mayor

by Jill Tucker, San Francisco Chronicle
May 11, 2009

Design students at San Francisco's Thurgood Marshall High School will donate a custom maple, mahogony and walnut veneer bench to the Mayor Gavin Newsom this week -- a gift that will be on public display and then take up permanent resident in the mayor's bullpen.

The class is part of San Francisco State University's Industrial Design Outreach Program, which created a year-long course to teach an up-to-date version of the old-school shop class.

Each of the 24 students created a nine-inch square panel representing their thoughts on community.

About SF State design students volunteered to mentor the high school students.

"I am honored to support these students' hard work and creative expression," Newsom said in a statement. "I hope displaying their bench in the Mayor's office inspires all those who see it to learn more about this worthwhile program."

The students will donate the bench to the mayor's education advisor Hydra Mendoza during a formal ceremony Thursday.

Layout Martin Linder helps Linda Huang layout the pieces of her Community Bench panel before she glues them into place.
Working Hard Raymond works to piece together his panel before the final approval is given-a must for all students.
Placement Ryan and Jennifer glue the panels to the back rest of the community bench before the gifting ceremony.
Watch Me Martin Linder shows Tran how to use one of the machines that will help her complete her panel.

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