On Saturday, November 18th it proved to be a beautiful, sunny day for a Shared Schoolyard event! Crowds of families from the nearby community streamed into the schoolyard at Daniel Webster Elementary School to celebrate the exciting opening of the schoolyard for public use on the weekends. They were joined by local organizations, community leaders, as well as local representatives from the San Francisco Police Department.
The schoolyard at Daniel Webster was covered with children and adults running from tables to activities. Children had the chance to move around and get active with the help of community partners SF Youth Soccer and their pickup games and Tenacious Tennis organizing matches between children. We were lucky to be joined by a wide array of community partners such as Bricks 4 Kidz, STEMful, SF Children's Art Center, Potrero Hill Library Branch, Girl Scouts of America, Recycle for Change, and last but not least the Oakland Black Cowboys! And the tacos were back, delighting everyone with their deliciousness!
While fun and games were happening on the lower schoolyard, the Oakland Black Cowboys were on the upper yard giving horseback and pony rides to excited youngsters eager to get their chance atop the gentle giants.
We were privileged to have awesome speakers at the event. Principal Carrie Bettie and former President of the Board of Education Shamann Walton, who both spoke about the importance of connecting with the school and community. Supervisor Mark Farrell, whom has spearheaded the Shared Schoolyard Project, also spoke about his motivations for supporting the project. After the speaking program, a crowd of smiling children gathered around with Supervisor Farrell to participate in the cutting of the big, red ribbon-signifying the official opening of the schoolyard on the weekends.
The schoolyard at Daniel Webster Elementary will be open to the public on Saturdays 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.