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 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 12,000 children at 22 events in San Francisco, Oakland, New York City, Baltimore, and Washington, DC. The two most recent events were celebrated in San Francisco and Oakland in December 2016.