Two years ago I initiated a fundraiser for Equinox Holistic Alternative School, whereby I committed to contributing $1000 from every sale I complete with a member of that community. The same applies to new clients referred from members of the community. Last school year that generated $3000, and this year it will generate at least $5000. The money goes to the school council, which distributes it to support various activities at the school (e.g. outdoor education, art and music supplies, class trips, etc.).
Equinox is unique for (among other things) its outdoor Kindergarten program. The goal is to have the little kids outside all day, every day (with obvious exceptions during extreme weather, and for certain indoor activities). The ‘outdoor classroom’ offers some grassy areas, and some shade, but was not intended for continuous use. The grass has been trampled out of existence in some parts, and about half the area is hard-surfaced (concrete or asphalt). Overall, it needs an upgrade. That’s why some enterprising parents have formed a committee, sketched out a plan to renovate the space, and begun a fundraising effort. The whole project is really quite impressive, and is well described in this video:
I participate in fundraising activities throughout the year. For example, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and the Children’s Miracle Network each get a small portion of every sale that I do. I also support the TDSB breakfast program (through a monthly donation to the Toronto Foundation for Student Success), and I usually participate in at least one other significant fundraiser each year – and ask my clients and friends for their support.
This year I’m going to make the Equinox Outdoor Kindergarten Project project my main focus, and I’m asking you to contribute. The project (removing concrete, improving drainage, adding infrastructure and equipment) is going to cost tens of thousands of dollars and take a couple of years to complete. It is crucial that the initial goal of $25,000 be met as soon as possible so that planning costs can be covered and work begin ASAP. The committee has set up an Indigogo crowd-sourcing donation page, so you can donate online right now! 😉
Equinox is a special school, and the outdoor Kindergarten program is unique. Your support will go a long way towards helping the school expand upon a really great idea – one that they hope can one day be replicated in other schools across Toronto. Your donation – of any amount – well be great appreciated!
** To learn more about Equinox visit the school’s web site. You can also feel free to contact the administration if you have any questions.