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We will visit individual restaurants and ask them to donate anything they can to the foodbank that we help at regularly. We hope to receive a lot of support in this endeavor as we plan, in the long term, to try and find a way to help these families stave off hunger.
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We will raise funds to organize a community wide event aimed at a young population. The funds will help bring over a popular all-girl band from Osaka, Japan called Shonen Knife. Food vendors, artists, and other entertainers will be invited to join the event to ultimately raise money for scholarships for students who are traveling to Japan this summer with our sister city program.
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To attend the Children's Environmental March in town and march alongside other environmentalists while encouraging, discussing, and setting an example to younger citizens in town.
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Our project will give teenage refugees a safe place to honor the human condition. We will do this by, 1) coming together each week to strengthen our mind - body connection through the practice of ballet, 2) Incorporating music from around the world including natural sounds, 3) At the end of every class, we will incorporate a dance from each student's culture, highlighting the diversity and different meanings of dance, 4) we will open and close every class with wish/prayer for the earth, its animals, or its people.
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Every year we look forward to making these edible necklaces for the chimpanzees at the Chimps, Inc sanctuary in Bend, Oregon. We hope to increase our awareness of the problems with wild animals being used by the entertainment industry, drug companies, and being raised in people's homes. It feels good to bring some joy into these chimps lives. The necklaces are made with cherrios, dried fruit (figs, apples, two kinds of dates, raisins) and natural jute string. Before making the necklaces, we learned about the individual chimps at the sanctuary, as well as their distinctive personalities. They each have a sad story of abuse and neglect prior to arriving at Chimps, Inc. Sancturary.
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We started work on this project in October by learning about how extreme poverty affects the lives of young people growing up throughout the world. We then started into taking action by making paper hands with message of support and uplift. For every hand we create and decorate with positive messages, the Bezos Family Foundation will donate $1.90—up to $500,000—to Save the Children’s programs empowering youth in Nicaragua and Indonesia to rise into a life they dream for themselves. The actual making of the hands is really quite easy and fun to do. We hope to share the project with other classrooms and at a community event in January.
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Using the Pennies for PEace curriculum, we will learn about schools in other countries and collect pennis to help them rebuild.
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During lunch blocks, opens, and before and after school we will have Roots & Shoots members go around school and have students write kind anonymous notes to their teachers and staff at school to express their thanks for all their hard work as part of Teacher Appreciation Week.

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