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Peres Students Help Launch National Parks Program

Former NFL running back Marshawn Lynch visited Rosie the Riviter with 4th grade students from Peres Elementary School. President Obama is giving every 4th grader in the United States a free pass for their families to visit all federally owned lands and waters (including our national parks) for a year. As part of this initiative, Every Kid in a Park - Richmond will bring 1,200 4th graders from Richmond and San Pablo schools to the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park to get their passes and to walk one-mile along the San Francisco Bay Trail.

Today, the Every Kid in a Park-Richmond program launched at Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park, at the historic Craneway Pavilion. National Park Service Deputy Director Denise Ryan presented 4th graders from Peres Elementary School with Every Kid in a Park passes. Recently retired NFL running back Marshawn Lynch also made an appearance. Lynch co-founded the Fam 1st Family Foundation with former NFL quarterback Josh Johnson, who also showed up to hand out the passes.

In honor of the National Park Service Centennial, this is a new partnership between UC Berkeley, West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD), the National Park Service, Rosie the Riveter Trust and Groundwork Richmond. For many of the 4th graders, this will be a first-ever national park experience. UC Berkeley student interns are being trained by National Park Service rangers to help lead the 4th graders through their learning experiences in the park.