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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.