Recruiting Social launches campaign to build lunch table for Pinnacle students
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Vancouver, BC – August 26, 2014: One week before the start of the new school year, Vancouver recruitment agency Recruiting Social is launching an online fundraising campaign to build a communal lunch table for students at the Vancouver School Board’s Pinnacle program.
According to Recruiting Social Founder Chad MacRae, students do without shared seating when eating meals provided by the alternative school’s hot lunch program: “One student told me, ‘We have no place to sit and get to know each other’.” Students and staff—who eat together in an effort to build community—currently use small, separated, bar-height tables. “We want to give the kids a space to eat, hang out, and grow together,” says MacRae.
The Pinnacle program serves senior-level high school students receiving support from probation officers, social workers, or mental health workers. According to retired Head Teacher Susan Downing, “Very seldom do my students have a family … A lot of times, the breakfast and lunch we serve them are the only meals they have in a day.”
The campaign will run until September 25th on the Indiegogo crowdfunding platform, and aims to raise $3,315. “We just need to raise enough to purchase materials for the table and ten chairs so students can sit together,” says MacRae. Railtown-based craftsman and owner of Union Wood & Supply Company Craig Pearce is providing design, construction, and delivery of the planned, 12-foot, reclaimed wood table. “We’re just happy to be doing something for the kids and keeping our products here in the community,” says Pearce.
Interested members of the public can find the campaign at igg.me/at/pinnacle-table. According to MacRae, “Anyone is welcome to donate, no matter how small or large the amount. School starts next week, so we have no time to lose.”
Recruiting Social began supporting the alternative school program’s students through its regular donations to STAND Foundation, which provides education and skills training grants to graduates from Pinnacle and other alternative school programs in Greater Vancouver. According to MacRae, “For us, supporting these students is about helping tomorrow’s talent—the skilled people we want to recruit—reach their full potential. We want everyone in our community to have a chance.”
Recruiting Social Consulting Group is a recruiting services firm based in Vancouver and Los Angeles. The company, founded in 2010, sources and recruits employees for companies in fast-growth industries, including technology and startups.
The Pinnacle Alternative School Program is a self-paced senior program for students receiving support from probation officers, social workers, drug and alcohol counsellors and mental health workers. In addition to providing educational programming, the program staff is dedicated to working individually with students to focus on their social and emotional needs. The goal is for students to successfully complete grade 11 and 12 academic course work leading to a B.C. Secondary School Graduation Certificate (Dogwood), potentially fulfilling post-secondary entrance requirements.