Eric Hamber Secondary School sits at one of the highest points in Vancouver, and is perfectly suited to using renewable solar energy. The award will pay for half of the solar panels the school needs to get started. The students also have organized a five km fundraising “Run for Sun” to raise the other half of the funds needed to provide their school with renewable energy.
July 14, 2011
In an effort to match the Vancouver Foundation’s Generation Green award, the 5km “Run for the Sun” fundraising event was launched earlier this spring. A total of 26 classes and 683 students participated in collecting pledges and, on Friday, March 27th, students and teachers participated in a 5km run/walk through the community.
Although it was raining that morning, students and teachers were full of smiles and enthusiasm to get started on the “Run for the Sun” course. Trustee Jane Bouey was cheering students on at the start line and Vancouver-resident Matt Hill, co-Founder of Run for One Planet who has run more than 420 marathons, participated in running the course alongside our Hamber students, teachers, and Principal, Dianne Good.
The sun decided to finally make an appearance at the end of our Run for the Sun event, just in time for our keynote speakers, Kevin Milsip, VSB Sustainability Coordinator, and Val Overgaard, VSB Associate Superintendent, to congratulate our school on our achievements. Raffle prizes were announced and winners received an Itouch, Canuck’s jersey, BC Lions prize package and Lululemon water bottles. All in all, the event was hugely successful.
Through the Run for the Sun event, our school raised $8495.00! Jesset Karlen, Nikki Lam, Billy Smith, and Shirley Yang, all in Grade 8, were the four top fundraisers and were awarded two Ipad 2 and two Itouch’s respectively as prizes. Mr. Geisler’s Grade 8 Science class raised the most funds as a class and won a pizza party as a result.
In addition to our Vancouver Foundation grant, we have now raised a total of approximately $21,000. We still need to raise a little more before our solar panel project becomes a reality, but we are almost there.
If you would like to contribute to this exciting initiative, cheques can be made to “Vancouver School Board” and dropped off at Eric Hamber Secondary’s main office in an envelope marked “Run for the Sun”. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Marisol Petersen at firstname.lastname@example.org
July 12, 2011
In an attempt to match the $12,500 Generation Green award we received, our team at Hamber has organized a “Run for the Sun” fundraising event that took place at Hamber on May 27th.
Participating classes of students collected pledges for the month of May and on May 27th, they all ran (or walked) a 5 km course through the community- from Hamber, through Queen Elizabeth Park, to Rily Park Community Centre and BACK! It is a hilly course, but our students and teachers were up for the challenge!
July 12, 2011
Mayor Gregor Robertson presented Ms. Petersen, Ms. Seeliger, Fannee and Tina, staff and student representives from Eric Hamber Secondary, a Generation Green project award. Our award will be used to contribute to our goal of having thermal solar panels installed on the school roof. The solar panels will not only provide soalr-heated hot water throughout the school, but they will serve as a tool for students to learn about renewable energy for years to come!