Argentina
Change the habits of people through example. It is a community service project. If I see garbage that "someone" throws, I take a picture of it, I pick it up, I throw it where it belongs and I take a picture again. Using the layout application I upload them to a facebook group called: Leave it better that what we found. It's a closed group were I try to encourage people to do the same or at least think twice before throwing waste on the street.
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We are builing a learning garden and creating curriculum for all subjects to get more of our community outside and learning.
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Our community garden days will take place every 3rd Saturday of each month. The funding provided by this Roots and Shoots grant will help in cleaning up part of the 24th Street Garden. With this funding, we will purchase materials needed to prepare a section of the garden so that students can plant winter crops.
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Women’s Empowerment Club will work together to help build community housing. The Club ladies will give their time and volunteer in building habitat homes. All young ladies of the Club range from 17 to 18, all are High School Students. Not only will they help in the building aspect, they will also help feed the workers and help with paperwork and working with the children and potential home owners while the parents are in seminars.
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This project will beautify the space (benefiting our school community), improve the environmental resources of the space (benefiting animals) and provide us with an outdoor learning environment (benefiting students).
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We'll clean up litter from a hiking trail by our school. Then we'll put up a no-littering sign!
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We will gather a small group and visit local areas where littering is evident. For example, the trails in Steiner Ranch. We will walk through the trail and clean up trash and also plant flower seeds to help beautify the surrounding area.
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We started by thinking about what issues we wanted to take action on and after voting, we decided to create flower gardens around the school's outdoor learning center. We scouted out the areas we wanted to plant the flowers first. then we researched the kinds of flowers that will grow in the southeastern part of the USA. Being in a coastal town, we have sandy soil and humid summers with lots of sunshine. With that in mind, we bought flowers including day lilies, wildflowers that attract hummingbirds and butterflies and wildflowers that will grow in the shade garden. Next, we dug up the garden beds and loosened up the soil. We added the flowers, flower seeds and supplements for the soil. We gathered pine straw from under the nearby pine trees and spread it over all the beds to help retain moisture. Plus, it made it look "finished". Finally, we spread some of our "910 ROCKS!" around the school campus which have painted messages of positivity on them. We have been watering the gardens almost daily. The day lilly garden is doing well. The shade garden and zinnias have also sprouted and we are excited to see what flowers were in the wildflower fragrant mix!
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Our project will help reduce the amount of water we will be using in the community, by using drought tolerant plants.
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We started by brainstorming ideas that we felt would be interesting projects that would address specific needs of our local community. We had a lot of good ideas and really wanted to help out at the local animal shelter. At first, we thought we would visit a local shelter and volunteer. However, after researching that option, we realized it was not possible. So we took up our second favorite project idea, which was to improve the outdoor learning center at our school. We have benches there (unpainted) and a shade tree, but it needed care and attention. We decided to paint the benches and someone suggested that we add hand prints. After thinking about it a little longer, we realized we could raise money by asking students to donate $1 to add their handprint to the benches. We could then use that money as a donation to our local animal shelter. Right now, the benches are painted and we are creating signs to add to the space to inform people of it's purpose as well as educate them about the International NGO Roots and Shoots! Next steps will be to put the signs in place, add our own handprints and then collect donations and handprints! We are excited to have a place at our school where other kids can "Pause 4 Paws"!

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