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Students, and faculty, will become more aware of what an inch of rain is. Collected water will be used to grow, and ultimately harvest, vegetables and ornamental flowers. Rain garden will return rain water to ground instead of asphalt, cement and gutters draining rainfall directly to the ocean.
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The Horace Mann Horticulture Club will develop educational materials and plant demonstration mini-gardens in pots to take to the Beverly Hills Farmers Market Earth Day celebration, PTA sponsored events, open house and the LA Environmental Education Fair. We also hope to develop a website to increase the number of people we are able to educate about our campaign...Drought tolerant is beautiful!
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The rain garden will filter and soak up the runoff water, so this will prevent erosion, misquote breeding, and beautify the grounds. The rain garden will also provide a space for native plants to flourish which will then provide an environment for native insects. We plan to buy native plants using money raised from school and community fundraisers with approval from our school's administration.
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Our photo club will create a variety of small gardens around the school to beautify the environment. We will use current raised flower beds to grow flowers to be transplanted around the campus. The farmer-photographers will document this process and promote this project to all the members of our community.
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Our group is working to prepare a resilient garden space. We have a small garden space currently, but are trying to expand the space by building bioswales to catch water and divert water from the upcoming El Nino. The students will plant seeds along the bioswale, and divert the water's path so that rather than flooding, the water can be used to water the garden. The project is a cross-curricular project that includes math, science, and environmental studies. Hopefully, the project will grow to include other classes. For the past few years, Los Angeles has experienced drought, and because of this the ground is hard, and plants have died. This coming winter, Los Angeles is projected to have one of the wettest seasons in recent years. Because the drought has left the ground hard-packed, and the plants whose roots prevented erosion on the hillside have died, our campus is in danger of flooding in several areas. We are working on a larger project because we found that our school sits on a covered arroyo that begins at the local high school. We will map the arroyo's path as part of our project. They will work with local historians and archivists to find the path of water as it would have entered our campus before it was paved over. The students will map the path of water on our campus, and use that to work on the bioswales. Several classrooms are prone to flooding, and the water, when it does rain, eventually ends up in storm drains. The students would like to divert the water to benefit the garden rather than having flooding and runoff. We need tools like shovels and spades to construct, seeds to plant, and a couple of cameras to document where water collects, and to take before and after photos.
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Week 1 – Understand project plan for the campuses Week 2 – Outline main concept to 11th and 12th graders Walk through middle school/high school campuses to identify best locations Week 3 - Mapping of both campuses buildings & plan to collaborate with 5th and 6th graders Week 4 – Collaborate with 5th/6th graders and walk through campus to identify locations for rainbarrels Week 5 – Photograph locations for each rain barrel Week 6 – Submit proposal for funding rain barrels to Jane Goodall Institute Week 7 – Purchase rain barrels Week 8 – Install rain barrels & develop protocol where water will be used after rainfall Week 9 – Celebration for completion of rain barrel project with both campuses during Lavender Faire (school raising event) Week 10 or later – Take photos after the celebration event and after the first rainfall with students watering plants from rain barrel Week 11 or later – Write articles to local newspapers about the event and why it is important
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We would like to repair the pond in our school's outdoor lab so we can stock fish in it. To do this we need to repair a windmill that oxygenates the pond. We would also like to fix up the pavilion located next to the pond so it can be used as an outdoor classroom space, and reintroduce native plants and remove invasive plants in and around the area so it can be better used as an outdoor learning area.
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The project will profile areas around the world that are severely impacted by global climate change. They will look into the areas of land use changes due to climate change, changes to the hydrosphere and water supply, as well has how climate change will affect the humans and biodiversity of the country they are researching. This project was developed after the it was realized among the group that there were misconceptions about climate change within the community.
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It will develop a bog garden for children of the school to both visit and study as part of science and biology lessons. It will create a habitat for much wildlife.
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Bancroft Scholars are completing Community Projects this year. All scholars are identifying community challenges and devising action plans to meet current needs. The Green Team is composed of scholars that are concerned about the CA drought and maintaining an edible garden to counter the effects on the environment. This project will allow our scholars the opportunity to transform their research and dreams into action as they install water capturing devices, as well as fuel our school garden. Students and teachers have been working with organizations such as Tree People to increase their knowledge and skillset in addressing these issues. Regular planning sessions and actual hands on work days have allowed for the creation of one native garden and is currently allowing for the development of the edible garden. With funding, the garden beds will soon be filled with leafy greens and rain barrels will be installed to capture this winter's rain. Saturday Greening Days are in the works in order to make these dreams a reality.

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