When the families of Hillcrest Elementary School arrived at the school’s 2015 Spring Festival they were greeted with a surprise. In addition to the festival’s typical activities, attendees were treated to musical and dance numbers and a Batman-themed bounce house for the thrills of inflated jumping.
The stage, performances, and bounce-house merriment were made possible by the San Francisco Shared Schoolyard Project activities fund, which also helped provide supplies for smaller arts and crafts activities and healthy snacks for the kids. The fund provides up to $2,500 to participating schools on an event-by-event basis.
"The activities fund allowed us to make our annual Spring Festival bigger than ever," Stefanie Eldred, the site coordinator at Hillcrest, explained. “We were able to rent a stage for student performances, as well as jumpy houses. Our students and their families had a blast and it really helped bring the school community together.”
Funding for community events like the Spring Festival 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.
The Shared Schoolyard Project is hosting a kick-off celebration at Hillcrest on Saturday, September 19 from 11 am to 1 pm with food, activities, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Community partners who will be present include Family Connections, the Filipino Community Center, and the local Fire Department. Find out more and RSVP here!