Halloween was more than trick-or-treating and pumpkin carving for the residents of the Richmond District this fall, as the holiday marked the grand reopening of the Argonne Elementary schoolyard. Hosted by the San Francisco Shared Schoolyard Project, the Halloween Festival served a fun, holiday-themed community event that provided educational and neighborhood-building opportunities.
Over 400 attendees scattered the yard to partake in activities ranging from pumpkin painting to violin playing to mask making. A rock wall and disc golf course provided by Recreation and Parks department was a highlight for many attendees, while the Public Library’s ‘Bookmobile’ saw nearly 300 children filter through the bus that contained free books and other library resources.
The large crowd of teachers, parents, children, and neighbors gathered as Argonne Principal Cami Okubo called to her students with the school’s wolfpack cheer. She was followed with a moving speech by Supervisor Mark Farrell, who has spearheaded the Shared Schoolyard Project since 2012. Also speaking were Supervisor Eric Mar, School Board Commissioner Sandra Fewer, and School Board Commissioner and Senior Advisor to the Mayor Hydra Mendoza.
The San Francisco Shared Schoolyard Project will continue to celebrate open schoolyards around the city with its November 7 event at Grattan Elementary School from 11 am to 1 pm. RSVP here.