John Perry, a member of Parents for Public Schools San Francisco and a parent volunteer at McKinley Elementary, is challenging Board of Education candidates to roll up their sleeves at a car-wash fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
What are you trying to do with this fundraiser?
We are trying to raise awareness among the candidates and also among voters about the importance of having a hands-on school board. We are also trying to raise money and promote our school to keep our profile high.
What is the purpose of this event?
I wanted to see who among the candidates were really willing to step up and support schools on the ground. It’s important to get the information out there about who’s really in and who’s out; we have the power to publicize information about candidates in the campaign.
Why is this important?
As voters and just regular folks, we really have more power than ever before to reach a lot of people. It’s not only good for the school, but also for the candidates, as they can show that they support our schools. By tapping into the full power of our family and community networks, we can ensure that the whole city is watching the washing.
Why a car wash?
It’s a classic! We want it to be fun and it’s a real community-builder because everyone can get involved. There is also a bake sale attached as well as a swap meet where people can exchange school supplies.