In the last week of February, the David Thompson Secondary Green Team (including members of the school's Carrot Club and Organic Gardening Club) and the South Vancouver Neighbourhood House held an outdoor workshop for elementary students from the school's family of schools.
During the afternoon workshop, the elementary visitors got a tour of the school's market garden, got some tips for composting at school and even had a chance to make some homemade jam.
The workshop drew students from six different elementary schools. One of the students participating was Kelly Lozinski, a Grade 7 student from Oppenheimer Elementary.
Lozinski says her highlight of the day was making fresh fruit jam by mashing up the fruit. She's a student council member at her school and says they were thinking of doing a garden box at Oppenheimer. She says she came away with a bunch of tips and tricks that she can bring back to her school.
David Thompson Vice Principal Kerry Handscomb says his student leaders put a lot of work into planning the workshop. But in addition to knowledge, Handscomb says that thanks to a generous grant from BC Hydro, the elementary students will also walk away with mini-grants of up to $70 to help them buy the equipment and resources needed to jump-start their sustainability projects.