On Saturday, October 29th, community members and families cheerfully gathered to celebrate an early Halloween festival on the schoolyard of Roosevelt Middle School. Despite the chilly weather, the yard was filled with the warmth and brightness of the excited children and their satisfied parents participating in the different Halloween activities provided by neighborhood organizations.
There were many games that allowed children to be active: Scary Sports provided by Hi Five Sports Zone, Delightful Dance Demonstrations and Costumes provided by Ms. Marian's Dance Garden, Frightfully Fun Fitness provided by Richmond District YMCA, Go Orange and Black for Halloween Baseball provided by San Francisco Baseball Academy, Bring Your Skateboards and Ramp Up the Halloween Spirit provided by San Francisco Skate Club, Shocking Soccer provided by San Francisco Youth Soccer, and Trick-or-Treating Made Easier With Free Bike Lessons provided by Y-Bike. For the children who preferred more calm and relaxing activities, there were arts and crafts lessons such as Pumpkin Painting provided by Roosevelt Middle School PTSA, Terror-ific Toys and Face-Painting provided by Tantrum, and Sewing Craft That Will Leave You on Pins and Needles provided by Wee Scotty.
After being out and about on the field, the children were definitely hungry for some delicious activities, such as Spooky Yet Nutritional Treats provided by Leah's Pantry and San Francisco Marin Food Bank, Banana Ghosts provided by Richmond Community Beacon Center and Richmond District Neighborhood Center, and Kooky Cooking Activity provided by The Culinary Dude. While eating their delicious and spooky treats, the children could sit back and find thrilling Halloween stories with the local library provided by Richmond Branch Library and learning that getting to school should only be spooky on Halloween provided by San Francisco Bike Coalition and Safe Routes to School. The children also had opportunities to learn some new skills with Spell-Binding Chess Lessons provided by Life Lessons Coaching and Chilling Computer Coding provided by Mill Valley Code Club. The San Francisco Fire Department also allowed children to climb into their Eerie Fire Engine and ring the bell, while the San Francisco Police Department distributed stickers and allowed children to play in their squad car!
There were many speakers at the event: Michael Stachon, the Roosevelt principal, Ema Phelps, the PTSA President, and Tom Hsieh, the PTSA VP of Fundraising, spoke about the importance of connecting with the school and community. Mark Farrell, who has spearheaded the Shared Schoolyard Project across San Francisco, spoke about his motivations for supporting the project.
The schoolyard at Roosevelt Middle School is open to the public on Saturdays between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm 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 Chris Sally at firstname.lastname@example.org.