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A unique opportunity to bring classrooms to life with school gardens. Support the Growing Healthy Kids program at Thunderbird Elementary School in East Van.
Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC)
Vancouver, British Columbia
5 Team Members

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.

Discussing food issues has proven to be a powerful way to engage children in various science, social studies, math, and health and nutrition topics already written into the BC curriculum. The program also strengthens students' connections to the environment, their peers and the local community.

With your help, SPEC can continue to grow the School Gardens Program and bring this invaluable experience to more children in urban areas.

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.

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Select a Perk
  • $20CAD
    Just Make It Happen

    You just want to help make this happen and don't really care about the perks. Thank you for your support!

    2 claimed
  • $30CAD
    Growing Healthy Kids Supporter

    Support Growing Healthy Kids and get a 1 year membership to SPEC ($30 value) http://spec.bc.ca/benefits

    2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $30CAD
    Family Day at Maritime Museum

    Take the family out for a day at the Maritime Museum and 1 year SPEC membership. Pack a picnic and your beach gear to top it off with some time at Kits Beach! ($60 value) http://vancouvermaritimemuseum.com/

    2 out of 12 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $40CAD
    Steve Nash Get Fit

    You get a 1 month all access pass and six 8 day all access buddy passes to any Steve Nash Fitness World location, 1 male and 1 female tshirt, 1 reusable water to stay hydrated and 1 year SPEC membership. Don't forget all the Steve Nash member discounts! ($310 value) http://www.snclubs.com/membership/member-discounts/

    1 out of 6 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $40CAD
    Roll up with Modo Car Share

    Enjoy 1 year of Modo Carshare Coop membership plus $30 of Modo Carsharing Credit plus a 1 year SPEC membership. ($80 value) http://www.modo.coop/

    1 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013

    Build Your Garden

    Get a $50 gift card to RONA and 1 year SPEC membership. Build your own kitchen garden or just use it for whatever you like at any RONA location. ($80 value)

    1 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013

    iPod Dock & Speakers

    Charge your iPhone or iPod with this Memorex iPod/iPhone dock ($70) plus a 1 yr SPEC Membership. Thanks to Vancouver Canadian Tires Stores http://www.memorex.com/en-us/Home-Audio/iPod-Docking-Stations/App--Enhanced-Portable-Stereo-Speaker/

    1 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $60CAD
    Semperviva Unlimited Yoga

    You get 1 month of UNLIMITED yoga at any Semperviva location and 1 year SPEC membership ($180)

    0 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $70CAD
    Green Thumb

    Give your garden a little extra love with a $10 gift certificate to David Hunter Garden Centre, $20 to West Coast Seeds, $75 towards any Urban Farm Field School course and a 1 year SPEC membership! ($135 value)

    0 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $75CAD
    Mushboo Mushroom Garden

    Grow your own gourmet mushrooms right on your kitchen counter! Get a $70 gift certificate to use at Mushboo.com and a 1 year SPEC membership ($100 value). www.Mushboo.com

    2 out of 4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $80CAD
    Grouse Mountain Peak

    Hit up Grouse Mountain with a friend! Enjoy the Skyride, all Grouse Mountain activities included with in the Alpine Experience, access to the Peak Chairlift Ride and 1 year SPEC membership. ($130 value)

    0 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $90CAD
    Urban Farm Field School

    Donate to Growing Healthy Kids and give the gift of education! Get a $100 gift certificate to any Urban Farm Field School course in 2014 and a 1 year SPEC Membership ($130 value) http://www.spec.bc.ca/farmer-field-school

    0 out of 40 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013

    Island Getaway

    Enjoy a long weekend in paradise with up to 3 friends for 3 nights! Experience Winter Cove National Park on Saturna Island, a scenic protected cove close to some of the best whale watching in the Gulf Islands and hiking trails that take you to the beach, along mountain ridges, and through forests. It’s a 3 hour ride on BC Ferries which gives time to slow down and get ready for the rare, relaxing and rich experience of island life. ($750 value) Available April-June or Sept-Oct 2014.

    1 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
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