Looking Back on a Banner Year
By James Davis, Education Program Manager
Sierra Club BC’s Education Program wrapped up another year of our school-based programming last week, with Kirsten delivering workshops at schools in Terrace and Kitimat and Amira facilitating our new French language workshops for kindergarten and grade 1 and 2 students in Victoria.
Over the past nine months, Amira and Kirsten have worked with over 7,300 students across the province. They facilitated 334 workshops at 116 schools in 25 different school districts. Pretty incredible!
Kirsten and I facilitated professional development training for teachers in Vanderhoof (School District 91), Victoria (School Districts 61, 62 and 63) and Chilliwack (School District 33). We also supported teachers in the Capital Regional District to take their students outside more often for meaningful learning experiences through our monthly after-school teacher gatherings and the mentorship sessions that Kirsten facilitated with teachers at 13 different schools.
We are grateful to the Victoria Foundation, the Greater Victoria Savings and Credit Union Legacy Foundation and NSERC for funding this pilot project and we hope to be able to continue some iteration of it during the 2018/2019 school year.
It’s been a pleasure for all three of us to work with students and teachers across the province and we are thankful for all that we have learned from them. We look forward to helping more students get outside and learn in the fall.
In the meantime, here’s some inspiration for getting the kids in your life outside over the summer break.
And some awesome photos of our team in action from this year:
Photos by Brynne Morrice