Sprucecourt Public School
The Sprucecourt Public School Peace Garden was an initiative begun in 2009 by Lead2Peace, a youth organization in Regent Park. In 2010, Green Thumbs Growing Kids got involved to help build up the food gardening part of their curriculum, and we work in partnership with students, teachers, lunchroom staff and Lead2Peace. With funding from Community Service Partnerships at the City of Toronto, we helped to expand food production by maintaining the existing peace garden and also installed four new raised beds, a compost program and container gardening. Running a summer drop-in program and workshops for students in spring and fall, plus gardening training for Lead2Peace and their partners at Meal Exchange, has been fun and engaging for all of us.
The school population averages around 300 students, from kindergarten to Grade Six, many of whom are second and third language learners. The largest language groups other than English are Bengali, Mandarin, Cantonese, Tamil, Vietnamese, and Somali according to the Toronto District School Board.