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Community Celebrates Opening of Schoolyard at Paul Revere Elementary School

On Saturday, November 4th, the early morning damp weather did not stop the Bernal Heights community from celebrating the opening of Paul Revere Elementary's schoolyard. The sun rays eventually hit the schoolyard just in time for a fabulous time! Paul Revere's great yard will be available for the whole neighborhood to use every weekend from here on out.

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The opening celebration featured friends and families enjoying our mouth watering tacos while the kids participated in various pastimes such as spin art from STEMful, tag from Playworks, making your own flower crowns with Education Outside, and many other activities held by the organizations that collaborated with us for this event!

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This celebration also saw many of our favorite partners including but not limited to SF Youth Soccer and Tenacious Tennis Academy who set up nets and brought rackets so that the kids could polish their tennis skills or dace off with each other with soccer balls.

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The Paul Revere PTA also treated attendees with cookie decorating, balloon animals, and face painting! Paul Revere Elementary Principal, Lee Bryan, spoke during the speaker program along with Supervisor Mark Farrell.

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Paul Revere Elementary School will be open on the weekends from now on between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. 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 more information about the San Francisco Shared Schoolyard Project, please contact Amy Randel at randela@sfusd.edu or by phone at (415)308-6596.

 

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Spooky Halloween Festival at Glen Park Elementary

Halloween was more than trick-or-treating and pumpkin carving for the residents of the Glen Park neighborhood this fall as the Halloween Festival hosted by the San Francisco Shared Schoolyard Project served a fun, holiday-themed community event that provided educational and neighborhood-building opportunities.   

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Over 200 attendees scattered the yard to partake in activities ranging from face-painting, cooking lessons, to soccer. Tenacious Tennis set up the nets for everyone to enjoy a game of tennis. Mission YMCA provided the little ones with an opportunity to create their perfect version of "slime!" Tutu School of West Portal and Girls Scouts both registered young girls for their respective organizations. City College of San Francisco tabled and informed neighbors that City College is now free for San Francisco residents. The SFFD brought out their fire truck for everyone to explore!

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The large crowd of teachers, parents, children, and neighbors gathered as Glen Park teacher Lia McLoughlin lead off  the speaking program. She thanked everyone for coming out and celebrating Halloween at Glen Park. She was followed by Supervisor Mark Farrell, who has spearheaded the Shared Schoolyard Project since 2012, and Supervisor Jeff Sheehy, who also thanked neighbors and community members for coming out.

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Glen Park Elementary School is open on the weekends between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. 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 more information about the San Francisco Shared Schoolyard Project, please contact Amy Randel at randela@sfusd.edu or by phone at (415)308-6596. 

 

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Community Celebrates Schoolyard Opening at McKinley Elementary

Last Saturday, September 23rd, the Duboce Triangle neighborhood celebrated the opening of McKinley Elementary's schoolyard. This means that McKinley's great yard will be available for the whole neighborhood to use every weekend from here on out. The opening celebration featured friends and families enjoying our mouthwatering tacos while the kids participated in various pastimes such as a nice game of tennis, water painting under the sunshine, soccer, or one of the other many activities held by the organizations that collaborated with us for this event!

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This celebration saw many of our favorite partners including but not limited to Little Artistas who provided children with a rainbow of water colors to paint with, and Tenacious Tennis Academy who set up nets and brought rackets so that the kids could polish their tennis skills.

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The McKinley PTA also treated attendees with an abundance of delicious treats available from its fundraising bake sale! McKinley Elementary Principal, Molly Pope, spoke during the speaker program along with Supervisor Jeff Sheehy and City College Board Trustee, Alex Randolph. 

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McKinley Elementary School will be open on the weekends from now on between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. 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 more information about the San Francisco Shared Schoolyard Project, please contact Amy Randel at randela@sfusd.edu or by phone at (415)308-6596.

 

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Neighborhood Comes Together to Celebrate Schoolyard Opening at John Muir Elementary

This past Saturday, September 9th, turned out to be a beautiful day at John Muir Elementary School for our last schoolyard opening event of the summer! Families and friends from the neighborhood came out to celebrate the opening of the new open space available for public use on the weekends. Attendees, community leaders, local organizations, and San Francisco District 5 Supervisor London Breed enjoyed our delicious tacos.

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This event featured a wide array partners and the kids were treated to a diverse option of activities. The Tenacious Tennis Academy set up nets and provided racquets and balls for the kids to be able to enjoy a nice game of tennis while the Safe Routes to School partnership provided coloring options for many of the kids who had a taste for art. Saturday also featured some of our other past partners including but not limited to Hi Five Sports, City College of San Francisco, the Edgewood Center for Children and Families, and the YMCA. A special thanks goes to two of our new partners: Walk SF and the Urban Ed Academy! 

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It wouldn't be a San Francisco Shared Schoolyard Project event if it didn't consist of an appearance from Supervisor Mark Farrell. Supervisor Farrell, Supervisor Breed, John Muir Principal Mansager, and many kids gathered to cut the red ribbon during ribbon cutting ceremony marking the official opening of the schoolyard for public use on the weekends.

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John Muir Elementary School will be open on the weekends from now on between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. 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 more information about the San Francisco Shared Schoolyard Project, please contact Amy Randel at randela@sfusd.edu or by phone at (415)308-6596.

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Basketball and burgers at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School!

Saturday featured fierce, competitive action as boys and girls of all ages faced off in the San Francisco Shared Schoolyard's first ever 3 v 3 basketball tournament at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School! Families swarmed the schoolyard from across the city, ready to show off their skills and win fabulous tournament prizes. Every player walked away with a special commemorative t-shirt courtesy of the Golden State Warriors, and the Oakland A's, San Francisco 49ers and San Francisco Giants all contributed prizes to the mid-day raffle!                                         

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Teams were given expert guidance, and perhaps a little extra spirit, by our fantastic celebrity coaches: Theo Ellington of the Golden State Warriors, David Jacobsen of the Positive Coaching Alliance, Chris Corgas, Leah Taylor Pimentel, Bruce Agid, Larry Wong and of course Supervisor Mark Farrell joined in the fun coaching his own son's team.

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Making a return from their warm reception at Malcolm X Elementary School, Firefighters Local 798 brought back the infamous barbecue firetruck! Reverend Green and Pastor Ishmael Burch manned the grill to everyone's delight, keeping the players and fans energized with delicious hamburgers and hot dogs. 

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A special thanks goes out to Principal Mike Essien for hosting our exciting tournament and to Supervisor Mark Farrell for his great work in opening up schoolyards across our city. Thank you to all of the teams that competed, as well as the families who came out and cheered on the players. Look out for more San Francisco Shared Schoolyard events coming soon.                         

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Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School is open on weekends from 9:00am to 4:00pm. 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 more information about the San Francisco Shared Schoolyard Project, please contact Amy Randel at randela@sfusd.edu or (415) 308 - 6596.

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Putting the Super in Superhero Schoolyard

It was an epic weekend at Alvarado Elementary for Superhero Saturday! Families and children from across the city convened in Noe Valley, ready to take on a parkour course, flip around on the aerial rig and practice their high flying skills on the Tumble Track, all provided by the world famous AcroSports.

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Girl empowerment and STEM education organizations circled around the acrobatic centerpiece, ready to offer information about their programs to eager parents. Little Artistas added an artistic flair to the awesome costumes with on the spot facepainting. And of course, all of the superheroes and their fans were treated with delicious chicken tenders, barbeque pork sandwiches, veggie wraps courtesy of our friends at the Brickyard. Not to mention, because it was National Mac 'n' Cheese day, there was plenty of the delicious cheesy goodness!

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A special thanks goes out to Alvarado's Principal Laurie Murdock and District 8 Supervisor Jeff Sheehy for hosting our exciting costume contest. While the competition was fierce, the prize generously donated from Wee Scott ultimately went to an adorable Batgirl and mysterious wizard.

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The Alvarado Elementary school is open on weekends from 9:00am to 4:00pm. 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 more information about the San Francisco Shared Schoolyard Project, please contact Amy Randel at randela@sfusd.edu or (415) 308 - 6596.

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Party in the Panhandle at New Traditions Elementary

In the midst of a historic San Francisco heatwave, families were searching for a way to enjoy the outdoors. And what better way to do so--than a celebration of the open schoolyard at New Traditions Elementary School! The clouds that forced a rain cancellation of the original opening in November were nowhere to be seen. Even with a little wind, the community was ready to celebrate in style. 


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A few of our favorite organizations attended to table and provide all sorts of activities for families, as well as share information on their amazing work. Tenacious Tennis Academy served up some terrific sets of tennis. Wee Scotty taught us all how to create beautiful works of art. SF Youth Soccer played some nailbiter matches in the lower yard. The Circus Center entertained with all sorts of varied juggling acts. AcroSports set up a full obstacle course for kids to tumble and flip through to the delight and cheers of their parents.


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Surrounded by excited children, Supervisor Mark Farrell and Principal Alderete officially cut the ribbon to mark the occasion of this new neighborhood resource. We were also joined by Thea Selby, member of the San Francisco City College Board of Trustees, whom announced to the crowd the exciting news that City College is now free for all San Francisco residents!

 

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The schoolyard at New Traditions Elementary School is now 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 Amy Randel at randela@sfusd.edu.

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Neighborhood Comes Together for Schoolyard Opening at SF Community Alternative

On Sunday, June 4th, families and community members of the Excelsior neighborhood gathered at San Francisco Community Alternative to celebrate the grand opening of the schoolyard on the weekends. It might have been a little windy outside but this didn't stop the children and parents from having fun and making use of the newly accessible open space in the neighborhood!

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A wide array of organizations attended this event to table and provide activities of all sorts for the kids, as well as inform the parents on the amazing work they do for their communities. Multiple organizations provided opportunities for children to run around and get active. The Tenacious Tennis Academy and the United States Tennis Association set up nets and provided racquets and balls while SF Youth Soccer provided small goals and soccer balls for the children to enjoy. The Circus Center was also a big hit with their entertaining activities and equipment. But perhaps the most exciting part of the day was the appearance of the San Francisco Giant's mascot Lou Seal! Kids and parents alike were so excited to take pictures with and give high fives to the friendly seal. 

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Once again, Supervisor Mark Farrell made an appearance to thank all of the community partners for supporting their local neighborhoods and the San Francisco Shared Schoolyard Project.  We were also very happy to welcome Supervisor Asha Safai, who stopped by to celebrate the schoolyard opening.

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The SF Community Alternative Schoolyard will be open on the weekends from now on between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. 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 more information about the San Francisco Shared Schoolyard Project, please contact Amy Randel at randela@sfusd.edu or (415) 308 - 6596.

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Neighborhood Celebrates Schoolyard Opening at Sutro

Saturday, May 20th proved to be a beautiful, sunny day for a Shared Schoolyard event! Crowds of families from the nearby community streamed into the schoolyard at Sutro Elementary 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.

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The yard at Sutro 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 Community Youth Center, Presidio Trust, the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of America, YMCA, Education Outside, Wee Scotty, the PTA, Richmond Branch Library, Recycle for Change, Judy Thacker's Animal Art and Sculpture Birthday Parties and Cal Fresh who all were chatting it up with parents and kids, providing information about the services they provide. And the tacos were back, delighting everyone with their deliciousness!

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While fun and games were happening on the playground, the fabulous PTA of Sutro Elementary hosted a garage sale with donated clothing from around the neighborhood. There were so many donations that they had to use multiple carloads to transport it all, a major win for the PTA and for the environment.

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 There were also many inspirational speakers at the event, including Principal Myra Quadros, Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer, and Michael E. Carr, an essential contributor to the Shared Schoolyard Project from the onset. All 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.

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The schoolyard at Sutro 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 info@sfsharedschoolyard.org.

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Spring Fling at Visitacion Valley Elementary

Is two weeks too soon for another spring carnival? After our little Spring Fling at Visitacion Valley last Saturday on May 6th, we've concluded that no, it definitely is not too soon! With a little help from the parents at Vis Valley Elementary, as well as the fine folks at Salesforce, our kick-off was one of the biggest ones yet, with games, food, prizes, and no shortage of happy kids with their parents!

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Often times, the smell of our burgers and hot dogs immediately drew all of our guests to the food tables right next to the entrance. It was hard enough for the parents to resist; the kids sometimes ran straight for it! Past the food table on the upper yard, colorful tents were laid out around the edges, each one running a different activity. A row of tents on the left side of the yard had games like miniature bowling, bottle tossing, puck sliding, and basket balling. Although the excitement was palpable, the kids would very politely wait their turns to play, and were exuberant at the prizes they won. On the right side, other activities were spread out across the yard: there was a photo booth for everyone to take a lasting snapshot of the happy moments, a bucket full of water where kids could go duck hunting, a tic-tac-toe bean bag toss, a ring toss, a game with chopsticks and marbles, another ring toss (with a spin, of course), and like many times before, there was a pop-up soccer field!

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We didn't stop there - we brought back the Oakland Black Cowboys for this event too! They had brought a horse and a pony, both the gentlest of creatures. Our Cowboys gave kids rides across the yard, giving special attention to kids that seemed nervous or unsure of the horses. Face painting was another very popular place. Kids got in line, and when they left, suddenly they were roaring or barking to match their new painted masks! 

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Kick-offs just aren't complete without our speaking program. Supervisor Mark Farrell took a minute to thank everyone for coming out to the yard, and to remind them that it would be open to the public to use on the weekends. Senator Scott Wiener echoed his sentiments, and the whole thing was concluded with an address by Principal Johnnie Spearmon. 

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The schoolyard at Visitacion Valley 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 us at info@sfsharedschoolyard.org.

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