It was a bright and sunny afternoon on Saturday, June 11, as families and neighbors gathered together to celebrate the fact that Sanchez Elementary is opening its schoolyard to the public on weekends.
As neighbors entered the yard, it was hard not to notice the fire engine provided by SF Fire Department Station 6. To the left of the fire engine, Little Artistas brightened up the blacktop with colorful sidewalk paint. Directly past the engine, America SCORES told neighbors about their efforts to install a permanent soccer turf at Sanchez Elementary, and San Francisco Youth Soccer helped kids line up their shot and informed families of the multitude of soccer leagues within the city.
The SF-Marin Food Bank partnered with Leah's Pantry, an organization that provides nutritional education to children and families, to show that good nutrition can be delicious with samples of cucumber mint lemon water and a tasty mango salsa. The Mission Economic Development Agency was also in attendance, and they let families know about the programs they offer to Mission and San Francisco residents. Free tacos were also provided to participants from El Taquero.
The schoolyard at Sanchez Elementary School is open to the public on Saturdays 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.