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By receiving this funding, we will be able to add more space for students to comfortably engage in science lessons & more planting areas for hands-on, student-driven learning. This project will also engage the school community. Getting the tables and garden beds build & installed is more than a one person job. I will organize a work day for students, families, teachers, community members, etc. to come & help with this infrastructure update! Once in place, students will then take control of the newly installed garden beds- planning, planting, & maintaining all that in put into the soil.
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Students will engage in three interactive powerpoint presentations which focus on certain endangered or threatened animals and the environment. They will then be given the opportunity to take positive action with guidelines offered to them. They will also have the choice to implement their own bright ideas to help animals and the environment. An example: Research bee and butterfly friendly flowers and having a school fundraiser to buy the seeds. In the spring, students will plant the bee and butterfly friendly flowers in a garden in the schoolyard. They will educate other classes about what they are doing and they will have opportunity to write to the local paper explaining to the community about the garden and how everyone can use natural alternatives to toxic pesticides -- pesticides that not only harm bees, butterflies and other animals, but pesticides that can also harm humans.
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We will create an awareness campaign that we have too much waste here at the school and that it can be reduced by composting some of it. To start we will be collecting compostable scraps from the culinary arts class and cafeteria kitchen. Using a compost tumbler to compost the materials and then package them for sale to staff and students to then use those fund to make the operation grow into something larger or branch out into another area of waste management such as recycling.
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JHS227 will collaborately establish an inter-disciplinary school garden. We are starting with 22 Simplicity rose bushes that were established last spring in our schoolyard. Our goal is to increase the biodiversity of our concrete jungle by supporting our pollinators. We are researching the types of plants and or shubs we can plant in and around our already established raised beds. The plants need to be Bee, Butterfly and Bird friendly. We are also creating a more esthetically pleasing and student friendly green space.
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we will fund raise to raise awareness, students will learn to advocate for animals by educating others, handing out pamphlets, and carry on what they have learned from their experiences.
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The children will learn that there are families within a few miles of our school that need food to eat. They will study a unit on nutrition and review how the school gardens had grown food for a food bank. The classes will challenge each other of the same ages to compete in an effort to bring in the most items. The Second Harvest Food Bank of Southern Wisconsin will deliver empty barrels and the children will collect items during the month of November. The filled barrels of food will be delivered to the food bank by community volunteers.
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We will clean and beautify the park with a wall mural, paint playground areas, plant flowers and shrubs, repair and paint benches and tables, and build a community sustainable food system the community will maintain and provide to neighbors for healthier food choices.
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In the past year, I have potted and cared for over 130 pine, spruce, and boxwood tree seedlings. In the spring, I will sell the seedlings at local plant sales.
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We will be growing a Jane Goodall Institute Base Camp and spreading the word about the Roots and Shoots Program and how people can get involved. We will foster the growth of Roots and Shoots in our community by encouraging people to join and letting them know exactly how. Then we will plan and hold a Roots and Shoots Festival to celebrate our accomplishments.
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We are currently working hard to create a updated site and bring more resources to the public. Our new site is set to be launched February 1, 2017.

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