Every year Argonne Elementary School hosts a Spring Fair to bring the school community together. In 2015 the San Francisco Shared Schoolyard Project leant a helping hand with its activities fund, available to every participating school in the program.
With the help of the Shared Schoolyard Project, Argonne Elementary was able to provide a jumbo slide, sports complex, bounce house, and a petting zoo. With the remaining funds, the school’s student council members purchased prizes for event attendees.
“The Spring Carnival is one of our largest community events. Students look forward to this time playing and connecting with peers,” Argonne Principal Cami Okubo said. “Having engaging student activities ensures that our students and community will continue to participate in this joyful event. We are grateful for the support [from the Shared Schoolyard Project.]”
Funding for school events like the Spring Fair is one of many benefits of the Shared Schoolyard Project, which works to provide a fun, safe place for families to play and gather within walking distance of every child in San Francisco. The activity fund, along with the stipend for each participating school’s parent organization, is meant to connect San Francisco communities with their neighborhood schools.
Students and neighbors of Argonne Elementary School won’t have to wait until next spring for a chance to celebrate on the schoolyard. On Saturday October 31, the Shared Schoolyard Project will host a Halloween Festival to celebrate the playground’s opening. The event, which takes place from 11am to 2pm, will have a free lunch, climbing wall, bounce house, spooky obstacle course, bicycling, pumpkin painting, and many other Halloween activities.