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On April 8, we will join forces with Keep Austin Beautiful for the citywide "Clean Sweep" and pick up all of the litter in the creek near our school.
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We will take over and existing plot of dirt and create a beautiful butterfly garden at our middle school that will inspire us to be our best and to stand up for peace.
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We would like to educate and inspire San Diego citizens to keep our city clean and green. We will facilitate and participate in beach and park clean-ups. To educate our citizens, we will take part in fairs and local events to share our enthusiasm. To inspire citizens, we offer networking opportunities and support for each other in this endeavor.
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Our project is to beautify the outside area of our classroom. We will learn how deep to plant natives that require very little water. We will redo an area that was a small rock garden that would create a quiet place to sit. We want an area to grow seedlings that is close to us and right outside our door is perfect. We will get first grade size tools to empower our class to do our own work. We need a new compost bucket in this area to collect our breakfast, snack and lunch waste so we can contribute to our vermicomposting in our big garden. We would like to put a layer of bark over the ground to limit water loss and keep weeds to a minimum.
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Our class will study soil quality, sun duration, and survey available water for the planting beds across our campus. We will also inventory and identify existing plants on campus. Finally, we will work with this information to identify the best choices to meet our long-term, low water, native plant goals to fill these mostly-blank spaces with beautiful plant life.
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As homeschoolers, we say the world is our classroom. Sadly, many of our "classrooms" are not cared for. Our group meets at our local beach for environmental science classes, hiking, birding, picnics, swimming, and other fun activities. We always find so much trash on the beach and I want to organize something that will help clean it up. A major concern I have is all the plastic that is left behind or washes up from other places. I've done a lot of research on this that I’ve shared on my Facebook page, C.A.R.E., Community for Animal Respect and Education. Things like balloons and plastic straws are very lethal to sea life and humans. From choking hazards to plastics leaching chemicals into our water. People need to be more responsible. If we receive a grant, we will utilize it to purchase materials for the clean-up including biodegradable protective gloves, recyclable garbage bags, rakes, and special boxes for sharp objects (only an adult will be allowed to pick up hazardous materials and safely dispose of) and other clean-up materials. There are a few hundred followers in my C.A.R.E. group through social media, but we have several hundred active families in our homeschool group. By cleaning up the beach a bunch of times, we’ll be able to get many people involved. When other beach goers see us doing the clean-ups, hopefully that will encourage them to also help keep our beaches clean. During each beach clean-up, we will record the type (for example plastic, glass, metal, etc.) and amount of trash. Our group will be split up into smaller groups and each group will have certain areas of the beach to clean-up. Some people will help with trash collection and one from each group will record the information. There will be at least one adult to guide and help each team. Every few weeks, we will return to the beaches and repeat the same process of recording the litter and cleaning it up. Hopefully, we will see a reduction in litter by using our data.
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We will clean up the creek and the path next to it. I will make flyers to send out to my community to invite people to help beautify the creek.
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My project will clean up our local beach and I will work with my school to offer service learning to students who want to participate in this event.
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We advertised in the school and spread the word! It's an annual event and many families come.
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The third grade teachers (we have 10) will ask for parent volunteers to help us create an outdoor stream that we will create to teach and model how erosion happens. We have an outdoor science learning area that we will use to create our stream. Students will see how soil erodes when the proper ground cover is not in place and we will discuss how we can create solutions to erosion problems around our school and in our community. When the students see the erosion happening, they will get a true understanding of the importance of erosion control.

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