Goal # 11 (United Nations): Sustainable cities. Making schools more inclusive, accessible. Making schools more wheelchair friendly.
We will be working closely with Accessible Travel.gr which is an organization that helps people with disabilities have access to various places. We will be working with architects and civil engineers to design the ramps and infrastructure needed for students in wheelchairs to be able to have a safe environment. We will ask administration and Board of Trustees to assist us with the budget needed to make this
We will have an items drive for a local nonprofit, Family Promise. We will make posters for our school advertising the drive. We will make announcements over the intercom and present our project to classrooms during morning meeting. We will collect toiletries, baby supplies, toilet paper and more to help families. We will also make origami with words of affirmation to give to people to make them feel happy and better about themselves.
The youth will purchase socks for all the residents at our local nursing home. They will put them in gift bags for each one and deliver them as well as visit with each resident.
Our campaign will start with raising awareness - a newspaper fashion show, class recycled materials poster contest and upcycling challenge. We will use assembly times to educate students on how to recycle, work with our building manager and cleaning service to set up the recycling scheme and monitor if students are using recycling bins properly.
We will create a compost bin, we will fill garden beds with healthy soil, we will plant various seeds, and use our homemade compost to make the soil more nutrient-rich.
Pet owners buy so much pet food and it comes in big plastic bags. Often, these bags are bound for the landfill. "Fido Recycles Too" reuses these bags to create durable, reusable grocery bags simultaneously reducing the single use bags and reusing potential waste. In order for "Fido Recycles Too" to really make a difference, people need to know why single use bags are so detrimental to the environment. Therefore, this project will include an interactive educational display to be used in conjunction with the distribution of "Fido Recycles Too" bags. Local farmers markets, environmentally focused grocery stores, and the county fair will be the first venues for "Fido Recycles Too." Pet owners and non pet owners alike can help this project succeed, by reusing pet food bags and helping to educate the public.
This has been done by tracking how much paper and plastic waste we create during art lessons. Then, classes create a plan to reduce the waste, as well as come up with future projects that will allow us to reuse materials in new artworks. Thus far, students have made recycled paper using old, unwanted artwork and papers. We have also created a large scale mural using plastic bottle caps. This idea came about after students researched the work of artist El Anatsui who creates large scale recycled "tapestries" to represent community.
My wish for this project is to be able to put my creativity into use and make thanksgiving cards for elders at a retirement home who may not be able to be access their family members during thanksgiving.
I will be making solid perfumes and selling them locally. I will be donating the money raised to Alachua County Humane Society.
The program is called "The Stray" (Adespotos in Greek) and the protagonist is a stray dog. The dog is a fingerpuppet that we use in the kindergarten and it symbolizes every stray animal on the streets of the city.The cartoonist Vaggelis Papavasiliou has also helped us with the program and he designed the picture of “The Stray”. The children in my kindergarten classroom have named themselves “the buddies of The Stray”. The program lasts throughout the year, and the Stray is involved in children's daily lives. Through the children the parents are involved too, which I consider as the best way for spreading the program’s goals.It is a cross-curricular program that is implemented through literary activities, visits to vets, contact with people active in the field of animal welfare (clubs), videos with animal content, as well as creating videos which raise awareness over the responsibilities of adopting of an animal. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwFRPN2Bh44&t=92s One of the program actions is "The Bucket of the Stray" This is the reuse of the popular package of one kilo of yoghurt as a collection of family food leftovers and their promotion to stray animals.