The Project: Glenridge Cooperative Nursery School is a play-based preschool nestled in Glen Canyon Park. Their mission is dedicated towards providing children with a unique child-centered learning program in one of the few natural environments left in San Francisco. Located in a rustic setting, Glenridge children, parents, and staff grow and learn together by forming a strong community.
Why We Love Them: Not only are they located in a natural environment in San Francisco, they are a parent run cooperative! The nursery school is a nonprofit where each family shares in the planning and operation of the school. Glenridge’s play and nature-based curriculum and its special location makes the school a unique place for children to learn, grow, and flourish.
How They Found Us: Parents of the Nursery School hold the responsibility in the facilities maintenance. Luckily, one of the parents attended a Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) “Caring for Your Building” workshop where they came across Rebuilding Together SF.
The Need: Glenridge Cooperative Nursery was in great need of assistance with painting the exterior of the building as well as the kitchen. By virtue of residing in the City, the nursery school is subject to graffiti. While parents regularly paint over the graffiti, paint was chipping and the building was in desperate need of an overall paint job. With a fresh coat of paint, future tagging will be deterred and the facility will provide a more welcoming and safer presence.
Under the well-organized leadership of Construction Captains Graham Hammond, a project manager at Derry Casey Construction, and Melissa Reyes an AmeriCorps member at Rebuilding Together San Francisco and Volunteer Captains Michaela Chlouba, Cleya Ormiston, Michelle Yip, Shannon Knuth, Ramsey Wright and Jason Bernstein, all from Urban Land Institute (ULI), Glenridge Cooperative was transformed in one day. With the dedication from all the Captains, Rebuilding Day was a well-orchestrated and organized day of volunteering. Before April 28th,captains hosted a kick off party for ULI volunteers and sourced skilled support to complete tasks deemed unsafe for volunteers.
A total of 60 volunteers from ULI came together and worked as a team to get the work done at Glenridge Cooperative. ULI volunteers with painting experience stepped up as project leaders and lead a group of volunteers. To make the day more exciting, a competition was initiated honoring the best painting job completed. Volunteer Rockstar who stood out was John Christensen. John was a team leader who exemplefied leadership and encouragement. He also had the hardest and least desirable space to paint but he was able to step up to the plate.
The Work: The scope of work for Glenridge Cooperative Nursery School included:
A big thank you goes out to all the parents at the Cooperative for making themselves available and for donating breakfast for ULI volunteers. We would also like to thank Supervisor Scott Wiener from District 8 who visited Glenridge Cooperative and engaged with ULI volunteers.
Thank you so much to all our volunteers in making this year’s Rebuilding Day a great success! Your hard work and dedication will be reflected on Glenridge Cooperative Nursery School for many years to come. Please check out more pictures from this project on Facebook or on Flickr…