On Thursday our students had the fantastic opportunity to try their hand at the sport of cycling on a velodrome track. There wasn’t anyone in the Streetfront class (students and staff included) who could say they were not intimidated by this sport that sees one cycling around a track that had up to 47 degrees in pitch! We would like to thank Nikki from Urban Native Youth Association and Michael from Burnaby Veldrome for giving us this opportunity and expert guidance. We hope to return soon to this wonderful sport.
We had our first session in the garden this school year with Ian (Britannia Food Security Co-ordinator) and Matthew (Environmental Youth Alliance) who guided us through the importance of seed collection. We learnt many cool facts about seeds like the majority of our food plants require human intervention for propagation and have lost the capability of doing it naturally; the existence of heritage seed banks; how to harvest and store seeds for planting the next year to name a few.
Today Streetfront students (current and former), staff, family and friends participated in the annual Strachan Hartley Legacy Foundation run. SHLF is our single biggest financial supporter of Streetfront and we always look forward to their 5 km and 10 km fundraising run. If you want to support a Foundation that supports youth through sports then ple
ase consider a donation at http://shlf.ca/
Streetfront took 11 students on a three-day backpacking trip to Tetrahedron Provincial Park which is located just north of the town of Sechelt on our beautiful Sunshine Coast. This park boasts four wilderness cabins on a network of ex-logging roads and trails.
It has been 15+ years since I backpacked here and I must not wait that long again to return. Next time I will head to the Mt. Steele cabin and explore the higher elevations there.
The youth did very well, many on their first backpacking trip! We were extremely fortunate to have stellar weather with temperatures in the double digits and mild nights!!
The Vancouver School Board and Britannia Community Services Centre in partnership have a carving pavilion on the Britannia campus. One of the first creations to come from this pavilion was a wonderful traditional First Nations canoe. On September 21 Streetfront & Outreach Alternatives joined VSB representatives and First Nations community members at Cates Park in North Vancouver for the blessing of the VSB canoe. It was an honour to be witnesses to the blessing.
We start every September off with a camp trip to bond as a class/family/team. The school year looks very promising with this great bunch of youth!
Softball is the first of several sports tournaments that brings together some of Vancouver’s Alternative School together for friendly competition. Our Streetfront students did outstanding winning the Junior division and second overall against the winning Senior team! Well done all!