St. HOPE’s focus on Oak Park’s children goes beyond just those that attend the schools we operate. While well over 1,500 students attend Triumph, PS7, Oak Park Prep and Sac High combined, there are thousands of other children in the neighborhood. Over the past month, St. HOPE has had the privilege of opening the school’s doors to children from Oak Park and the surrounding communities on several occasions. We are honored to have this privilege to support as many students and families as possible.
In August 2003, PS7 opened its doors as a K-4 school in south Oak Park. Almost 200 students in kindergarten through fourth grade sat on the blacktop for the school’s opening ceremonies, which included Mayor Kevin Johnson, founding principal Herinder Pegany, PS7’s founding team, which included Patricia Burks, and not to mention countless excited parents and community members.
The third annual Sacramento Black Book Fair kicked off at the Guild Theater on June 3rd and continued through the weekend at several Oak Park locations, including underground books. underground books store Manager, Mother Rose, and a team of organizers tirelessly plan the 3-day event each year, which continues to grow in size and notoriety.
The celebration, which is free and open to the public, includes panel discussions, book signings, writer discussions, cultural food vendors and art displays.