It wasn't your typical Friday afternoon at Greenbrook Elementary School. Instead of the empty playgrounds and shuttered classrooms, over 100 marchers converged on the park next to the school to remind their neighbors to vote on the Measure C Parcel Tax.
The groups gathered at four different rallying points and then walked in together, waving signs, blowing whistles and chanting "Yes on Measure C." The groups met up in front of the school, where Principal Tom Ladouceur led them out to the park.
The event was festive as parents, students and teachers jammed the park. Tents were set up and snacks given out. Younger children played on the playground while the older ones and the parents gathered around as Ladouceur addressed the crowd.
"It warms my heart to see so many people out here tonight," he said.
He discussed the ongoing effort to pass the parcel tax measure expected to raise $7 million for the San Ramon Valley Unified School District.
He expressed his pleasure at seeing so many students taking part in the rallies and the precinct walks and talked about what an excellent chance it is for children to see what goes on in an election.
"Is there a better civics lesson in the world than this right here?" he asked.
The event was capped off by a trio of students who launched into Measure C inspired cheers, including, "Fight like lions because we want science."
Ballots have been issued in the mail-in-only election. All ballots must be received by the Contra Costa County Clerk's Office by May 5.