Over eighty fourth-graders from Peres Elementary joined us at the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Park on Wednesday, March 23 to launch Richmond’s Every Kid in a Park initiative! These awesome students enjoyed a special field trip to the Visitor Center and Memorial, took a healthy walk along the San Francisco Bay Trail, and brought home a free Park pass admitting them- and their families- to any National Park site this year.
With Every Kid in a Park, The Trust and the Park are partnering with UC Berkeley, Groundwork Richmond, and West Contra Costa Unified School District to cover transportation and other costs so that every Richmond fourth-grade student can take a special field trip to the Park in 2016.
The students filed into the Craneway Pavilion to start the day off with a celebratory program. Speakers included NPS Deputy Director Denise Ryan, who encouraged students to take their new Park passes and explore as many sites as possible, Mayor Tom Butt, and Peres Elementary student Yaretzy Marquez.
Yaretzy spoke about the importance of Parks on behalf of the next generation of stewards and advocates , saying, “They help us understand our history and help us stay connected to our past. They also give us a chance to celebrate ourselves.”
Rosie the Riveter Trust is proud to support this initiative. To give to Every Kid in a Park and ensure that we reach our goal of bringing over 1,200 students to the Park in 2016, click here. Or mail checks to Rosie the Riveter Trust, P.O. Box 71126, Richmond, CA 94807 with “Every Kid in a Park” in the subject line. For more information, call 510-507-2276.