As part of the “Every Kid in a Park: Richmond Initiative,” the Rosie the Riveter Trust and the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park have partnered with the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) and UC Berkeley to help achieve their goal.
According to initiative organizers, it’s estimated that there are 2,000 fourth-graders in Richmond and nearby schools, many of whom have never had the opportunity to experience firsthand the living history of the national park right in their own backyard.
To change that, the Every Kid in a Park initiative aims to welcome local fourth-graders to the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park for an immersive field trip that will include interactive games and exhibits at the Visitor Center and a hike along the Bay Trail to the Rosie the Riveter Memorial.
Students from UC Berkeley’s College of Natural Resources will intern at the park and will train with park rangers to help administer the program and supervise the visiting children.
Students who visit the park will receive a pass for their families to visit other national parks for free; the passes are valid for one year from their visit to our local park.
According to Marsha Mather-Thrift, executive director of the Rosie the Riveter Trust, the goal of the initiative is to “instill a sense of stewardship in fourth-graders to recognize what a national park is and give them a sense of ownership.”
The initiative focuses on fourth-graders because a visit to the park is “a good fit with the curriculum for fourth grade,” said Mather-Thrift, adding that “it’s a great opportunity to introduce kids to World War II history and all that contains and also the local history of the Richmond shipyards and ecology on the Bay Trail.”
Currently, initiative organizers have 18 Richmond schools signed up for field trips in 2016. In order to make the immersive field trips a reality for every fourth-grader in Richmond, the Rosie the Riveter Trust is appealing for community donations.
Donations will help cover costs such as expensive bus rentals that will help transport the students to the park from their schools and back.
Per Mather-Thrift, the Trust’s goal is to receive $30,000 in donations, however, since they hope to continue this initiative in future years, additional funding will be helpful in sustaining the program beyond 2016.
To donate to the Every Kid in a Park: Richmond Initiative, click here.
The local initiative is part of a nationwide effort by national parks to encourage visits during the National Park Service’s centennial year.
There will be a public launch of the local initiative March 23, 2016, at the Craneway Pavilion at a time yet to be determined.
To learn more about the initiative or the public launch, call 510-507-2276.
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