• A Day of Play – Community Service at Fair Oaks Elementary School

      Rica Ruiz

      May 14, 2017

      What an incredible week it’s been! RED Day 2017 was a huge (and FUN) success! Thank you to all of my colleagues who took the day off to love on the children at Fair Oaks Elementary School in Redwood City. There was fun to be had by all … dodge ball, basketball, volleyball, reading, hula hoops, chalk art, soccer, gardening and the very famous face painting! A Day of Play … what a day it was!

      Dan and Rob spent the first hour pumping up balls for dodgeball, basketball, and soccer. Then, Dan got schooled by the kids on how to play soccer. Those kids have so much energy! Rob was the designated photographer for the first hour until he had to leave to pick up his own son from school. Jessica got her hands dirty with 4 girls in the school garden, teaching them how to plant vegetables, weed, and water! The girls may have spent more time climbing the lemon tree, but they eventually got all the plants planted.

      Generations United and REACH partner to provide after school coverage for students at Fair Oak Elementary in Redwood City. Without these two programs, roughly 60-80% of students here would not have a great place to do homework and play after school. The program runs until 6pm so that parents don’t have to leave work early to pick up their kids. The program provides snacks, facilitated play sessions, and Generations United ensures that students complete their homework and progress towards reading at grade level for many ESL students. This partnership, and the help of volunteers in our community, helps bring students closer to the achievement they are capable of and deserve.

      I love that our team and our brokerage all have one thing in common – that we all love giving back to our community. “Give Where You Live.”

      Learn more about REACH here: http://www.redwoodcity.org/departments/parks-recreation-and-community-services/after-school-programs/reach

      Learn more about Generations United here: http://www.gu.org/HOME.aspx

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