Vancouver diners are invited to help take a bite out of the public school funding crunch at the second annual Eat for Education evening taking place this Wednesday (May 2). Launched last year with one school and nine restaurants, the event has grown to include four schools and 21 restaurants (and counting).
Here's how it works: Local restaurants will donate a percentage of Wednesday's food profits directly to participating schools in their area. Each school controls how the funds are used, and so far updating technology for students has been a focus. This year, VSB schools Mount Pleasant Elementary, Florence Nightingale Elementary and Simon Fraser Elementary stand to benefit from diners.
"We are delighted that some local restaurants in this area are committed to supporting education. Their willingness to get involved is amazing," says Sue Stevenson, Vice Principal at Mount Pleasant Elementary. "As an Inner City school we believe that it takes a village to raise a child. This fundraiser will support our school initiative to increase access to technology and provide these children with outdoor educational experiences."
The idea for Eat for Education was born at a Mount Pleasant Elementary Parent Advisory Council meeting in 2010. The first event was held in 2011 and most of $2,100 raised was used to buy the school a SMART Board. Remaining funds helped with travel costs for outdoor educational experiences.
Organizers say they hope to raise even more money this year.
"The funding provided by Eat for Education will help support Simon Fraser Elementary students continue on their quest of 21st century learning by increasing access to technology and first hand experiences of the world around them. It's wonderful to be part of such a great initiative!" says Bonnie Kent, acting Principal of Simon Fraser Elementary. Restaurants are still being encouraged to join. The whole event is being organized by bcfoodies.com.
This year's Eat for Education restaurants in Vancouver are:
8 1/2 Restaurant and Lounge - 151 East 8 Avenue (604) 568-2703
Latitude - 3250 Main Street (604) 875-6246
Hyde - 2960 Main Street (604) 709-6215
Habit Lounge - 2610 Main St (604) 877-8582
The Cascade Room - 2616 Main Street (604) 709-8650
Elysian Coffee - 590 West Broadway (604) 874 5909
Che Baba - 603 Kingsway (604) 558 1519
Slickity Jim's Chat n Chew - 3475 Main Street (604) 873 6760
Grub Restaurant - 4328 Main Street (604) 876-8671
The Five Point - 3124 Main Street (604) 876-5810
Locus Lounge - 4121 Main Street (604) 708 4121
Portland Craft (formerly Coppertank) - 3835 Main Street (604) 569 2494
Mavericks (in Howard Johnson Hotel) - 395 Kingsway (604) 872-5252
BierCraft - 3305 Cambie Street (604) 874-6900
Pizzeria Barbarella - 654 East Broadway (604) 210-6111
Vera's Burger Shack - 2922 Main Street, (604) 709-8372
The Whip Restaurant - 6th and Main 604.874.4687
There are also a number of restaurants participating in North Vancouver.