Are You In? day at local schools celebrates community support for public education

by Chrisie Wendin on September 28, 2012

Forget the blue and green. Yesterday, everyone’s school color at Laurel, Encinal, Oak Knoll, and Hillview was orange—and more orange!  The occasion? The Menlo Park City School District’s (MPCSD) annual Are You In? Day.

Students, like those at Oak Knoll (above), reminded everyone how vital it is for parents and the broader community to support the school PTOs and the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation. Without the two organizations, the MPCSD would not be able to fully fund school assemblies, field trips, events, and more, or district-wide resources like classroom teachers and art, music, and library programs.

Each of the four campuses was bursting with activity. At Hillview, students like the one at left got in to the spirit with orange hair, face paint, and other creative twists that only middle schoolers can pull off.

And if you didn’t wear orange, you could always eat it. Clementine cuties, like those being distributed below at Laurel was the snack du jour — thanks to the Willows Market, which donated all the fruit to the schools.

Beloved mascots, like Encinal’s Eagle (shown below with two of the district’s PTO presidents), also joined in the fun. As did teachers, administrators, and even school crossing guards!

To learn more about the Are You In campaign, view the video here.

Top photo by Irene Searles, Hillview photo by Mari Chazen, and Laurel photo by Jenny Freiermuth.


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