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About the Project

The Shared Schoolyard Project is a partnership between the City of San Francisco, the San Francisco Unified School District, and San Francisco’s neighborhoods and communities that envisions and provides for a place for children and families to play and gather within walking distance of every child in San Francisco. Through this unique joint partnership, the City and the School District are able to open schoolyards to the public across the city, with at least one in each of San Francisco’s 11 Supervisorial Districts.

The Shared Schoolyard Project was revamped under the leadership of District 2 Supervisor Mark Farrell, who has led in the fundraising efforts for the project, Mayor Ed Lee, Interim Superintendent Myong Leigh, the San Francisco Unified School District, San Francisco’s Recreation and Parks Department, San Francisco’s Department of Public Works, San Francisco Police Department, and 311 to increase more open space for our children and families to play and gather.

Currently, over 40 public schools citywide are enrolled in the Shared Schoolyard Project. The Shared Schoolyard Project is working to enroll all of San Francisco’s public schools, so that every child and family in San Francisco can have a clean and safe place to play and gather on the weekends.

Enrolling your school in the Shared Schoolyard Project provides so much more than just an open schoolyard for a place to build community.

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Our Mission

The Shared Schoolyard Project’s mission is to create more accessible and safe spaces for our children and families to gather and play throughout the City of San Francisco. The Shared Schoolyard Project will encompass every supervisorial district and will succeed through collaborative partnerships with the City of San Francisco, the San Francisco Unified School District, Neighborhoods and Communities, the San Francisco PTA, Corporate Sponsors, and other Non-Governmental and Community Based Organizations. We envision providing a place to play within walking distance of every child in San Francisco.

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    Spooky Halloween Festival at Roosevelt Middle School

    On Saturday, October 29th, community members and families cheerfully gathered to celebrate an early Halloween festival on the schoolyard of Roosevelt Middle School. Despite the chilly weather, the yard was filled with the warmth and brightness of the excited children and their satisfied parents participating in the different Halloween activities provided by neighborhood organizations.

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    There were many games that allowed children to be active: Scary Sports provided by Hi Five Sports Zone, Delightful Dance Demonstrations and Costumes provided by Ms. Marian's Dance Garden, Frightfully Fun Fitness provided by Richmond District YMCA, Go Orange and Black for Halloween Baseball provided by San Francisco Baseball Academy, Bring Your Skateboards and Ramp Up the Halloween Spirit provided by San Francisco Skate Club, Shocking Soccer provided by San Francisco Youth Soccer, and Trick-or-Treating Made Easier With Free Bike Lessons provided by Y-Bike. For the children who preferred more calm and relaxing activities, there were arts and crafts lessons such as Pumpkin Painting provided by Roosevelt Middle School PTSA, Terror-ific Toys and Face-Painting provided by Tantrum, and Sewing Craft That Will Leave You on Pins and Needles provided by Wee Scotty.

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    After being out and about on the field, the children were definitely hungry for some delicious activities, such as Spooky Yet Nutritional Treats provided by Leah's Pantry and San Francisco Marin Food Bank, Banana Ghosts provided by Richmond Community Beacon Center and Richmond District Neighborhood Center, and Kooky Cooking Activity provided by The Culinary Dude. While eating their delicious and spooky treats, the children could sit back and find thrilling Halloween stories with the local library provided by Richmond Branch Library and learning that getting to school should only be spooky on Halloween provided by San Francisco Bike Coalition and Safe Routes to School. The children also had opportunities to learn some new skills with Spell-Binding Chess Lessons provided by Life Lessons Coaching and Chilling Computer Coding provided by Mill Valley Code Club. The San Francisco Fire Department also allowed children to climb into their Eerie Fire Engine and ring the bell, while the San Francisco Police Department distributed stickers and allowed children to play in their squad car!

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    There were many speakers at the event: Michael Stachon, the Roosevelt principal, Ema Phelps, the PTSA President, and Tom Hsieh, the PTSA VP of Fundraising, spoke about the importance of connecting with the school and community. Mark Farrell, who has spearheaded the Shared Schoolyard Project across San Francisco, spoke about his motivations for supporting the project.

    The schoolyard at Roosevelt Middle School is open to the public on Saturdays between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm and Sundays between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. The schoolyard will be opened by the San Francisco Parks and Recreation Department and cleaned by the San Francisco Department of Public Works. For any questions or specific information about the Shared Schoolyard Project, please contact Chris Sally at chris@sfsharedschoolyard.org.

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    Community Celebrates Opening of Schoolyard in the Bayview

    On Saturday, October 22nd, music blared and good times rolled as neighbors, families, and community members all gathered at Dr. Charles Drew Elementary School to celebrate the opening of the schoolyard for public use on the weekends. Saturdays and Sundays will be much improved in the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood, now that local kids and families have access to basketball courts, play slides, and a large open space for many more fun activities.

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    Several community organizations came out to celebrate in this joyous neighborhood occasion by tabling, providing fun interactive activities for the kids, and informing event-goers about the amazing work they do nearby. The Oakland Black Cowboy Association provided kids and neighbors with the unique opportunity take a ride around the schoolyard on horseback or pony. The Children's Creativity Museum had kids tap into their creative side by creating cool ornaments only using paper, while 18 Reasons tabled to inform neighbors about the importance of a healthy eating lifestyle. BMAGIC tabled and informed community members about the programs and services they provide nearby, along with City of Dreams whose mission goes beyond conventional youth development programs to give kids a real chance at becoming the best they can be. The B.R.I.T.E. organization was on hand to inform neighbors on how they could help improve the Bayview environment. SFFD Engine 42 was in attendance giving kids the rare opportunity to explore the inside of a fire engine. The Bayview Branch Library entertained kids at the event by providing a bubble-making solution for kids, to see who could blow the biggest bubble. Lastly, Bricks 4 Kidz provided a fun game of corn-hole for kids and families to enjoy. 

    Speakers

    Dr. Charles Drew Principal Marian Currell, along with Supervisor Malia Cohen, Interim Superintendent Myong Leigh, School Board President Matt Haney, School Board Commissioner and Advisor to the Mayor Hydra Mendoza-McDonnell, and Supervisor Mark Farrell, who has spearheaded the project, were on hand to thank each and every community partner personally for their support of local families and of the San Francisco Shared Schoolyard Project.

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    The schoolyard at Dr. Charles Drew Elementary School is open to the public on weekends between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. The schoolyard will be opened by the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department and cleaned by the San Francisco Department of Public Works. For any questions or specific information about the Shared Schoolyard Project, please contact Chris Sally at chris@sfsharedschoolyard.org.

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