Francis in the Schools is a free and fun-filled one-day outing offered for schoolchildren from inner-city neighborhoods. The program is designed as a nonsectarian lesson about Francis of Assisi, a remarkable figure known throughout the world for his powerful message of love, courage, and compassion. The children are our honored guests, and we aim to treat each of them with courtesy, respect, and kindness, and offer them a joyful, memorable day in the spirit of Francis.

The day-long field trip begins with a lively musical play or concert about Francis or other powerfully inspiring historical figures. This is followed by a delicious lunch and a festive afternoon Faire with music, dancing, face painting, flower arranging, games, and treats.

Since its founding in 2011 by Dr. Carol Weyland Conner, the program has hosted nearly 10,000 children at 20 events in San Francisco, Oakland, New York City, Baltimore, and Washington, DC. Two more events are planned for December 2016 – one in San Francisco and one in Oakland.