We are SPEC (The Society Promoting Environmental Conservation), a
non-profit charitable organization that has been providing education and solutions regarding environmental issues in British Columbia since 1969. We work with urban communities, government, industry, schools and individuals, to create a healthy and liveable environment for everyone to share.
An essential part of SPEC's work is the School Gardens Program, which gives teachers and school children a unique educational experience, bringing the classroom to life by using beautiful gardening spaces to learn about food, math, science and community. Now SPEC has new Vancouver schools, such as Henry Hudson and Thunderbird Elementary, asking to be part of the School Gardens Program- and we need your help!
Your contribution will allow SPEC to provide these schools with the support needed to grow and develop their own school gardens and related curriculum, and give students a memorable and hands-on learning experience.
What is the School Gardens Program?
SPEC developed the School Gardens Program as a way to give urban youth the ability to connect to their food. Through the program, students learn about food security and how
to grow their own organic fruits and vegetables, while teachers
incorporate relevant and important agricultural topics into classroom lessons and discussion.
The pilot year was funded
through a generous donation from the Vancouver Foundation and gardens
were started at Bayview Elementary and Kitsilano High School. Those have since been joined by six more organic gardens in Metro Vancouver schools.
The School Gardens are a collaborative project, with students helping other schools to maintain the gardens over summer, and assisting new schools to build planter boxes and harvest crops. Produce from the gardens is used for healthy snacks and meals, such as fresh peas, carrots, and zucchini bread.
Why we are raising money
SPEC is a non-profit organization and depends on memberships and donations to fund its projects. We are reaching out to the community this holiday season to help us ensure the School Gardens Program can continue to grow and improve the learning experience of children in the coming school year.
Funds raised through this campaign will go toward expanding the School Gardens Program into the curriculum at Thunderbird School in East Vancouver to include the new Growing Healthy Kids program. Topics related to sustainability, the environment, healthy food and agriculture will be incorporated into the teaching schedule, with the outdoor school garden providing a living, experiential environment and reference. After-school programs with children and their parents will further enhance the impact and reach of the program, for children and the local community. In this way your donation will allow us to provide education and practical solutions for sustainable living to as many children, teachers, parents and community members as possible.
Your reward for supporting us
SPEC is grateful to have the support of the local business community for the School Gardens Program. A number of businesses have donated prizes, memberships and packages so that when you support our campaign, you can also receive amazing rewards for yourself or to give as gifts for the holidays!
We will be providing weekly updates during the campaign, and with each of these we'll make available a special "one-time only" perk! Follow this campaign to get access to these limited offers when they go live. We have some fantastic perks to share with you, so sign up to the campaign updates to stay in touch!
And since it's the holiday season, why not give one of our perks as a gift? Each of the perks listed to the right will come with a letter from SPEC explaining that in addition to the gift, a donation was made on the receiver's behalf to support Growing Healthy Kids. With limited perks available we are excited to have you join us in this exciting program!
Other ways you can help
If you can't contribute financially right now, there are many other ways you can make an important contribution to the work of SPEC!
Please share this campaign via Facebook or Twitter to help us get word out to the community. Use the "Share this Campaign" links at the top of this page.
If you'd like to be involved on the ground, SPEC always welcomes new volunteers, and has a variety of opportunities from research to community outreach. Find out more at http://www.spec.bc.ca/become-a-volunteer
Whatever type of contribution you choose to make, we thank you for your time and your commitment to developing a more sustainable future.