We used our creative talents to make beautiful collages which were displayed in the school office, and we shared these at a school assembly, highlighting the plight of the animals, plants, and people who call the rainforest their home.
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I am planning to gather from the students their family cost of energy usage both in terms of heating/cooling, electricity and transport. I would then have the students do a mapping of their community land for all the renewable sources of energy; a land that is blessed with 365 days of sunshine, and heavy winds apart from green oasis. Then I would do experiments for making solar cells from kitchen materials and wind mill prototype!
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The children will display flyers and collection bins. Kids Express families are invited to donate their gently worn infant clothing for the Hats for Hope Project. In celebration of Mother's Day, the bins and remainders will be on display from May 4 - 22, 2015. A staff member's mother will deliver the clothing to Tanzania hospitals and clinics in June.
Bake Sale raised 4000 pesos for the needy in Nepal.
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We have a triple bottom line. Helping Escuela de Agricola, the Dons Net Cafe, and the indigenous Toba Tribe of Paraguay.
Haiti Plunge Inc. has built three gardens since Feb. and will build two in June and two more in Aug. 2015 when Haiti Plunge teams are in Haiti. The teams raise all the money for the project. Each garden costs $200 USD to build and includes vegetable seeds and a container for compost. On April 17th a HPI team completed a Youth Service America Disney grant that funded two gardens. HPI welcomes US students to fill out an online application to participate in a HPI team. Visit to see what we are all about. The Raised Garden Project is ongoing. To date 8 gardens have been built for women living in the nine bush villages HPI serves. The 2016 goal is to build 50 gardens total. Anyone willing to invest in this project is more than welcome to visit the HPI website and donate via Paypal account. The gardens have provided an additional food resource especially during the recent 8-month drought.
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My Roots & Shoots team and I began fundraising at a grassroots level in our community with people we knew well and could easily explain the mission of the Jane Goodall Institute and the role Roots & Shoots plays within the organization. As we began to heighten awareness, speak to groups, create a continuous presence in the media and talk about Dr. Goodall's life work and mission, donations have steadily increased. As awareness increases so do donations. Some of the funding we collect are made anonymously through pigs (see photo below) we have placed throughout our community and do quite well raising funds with them.
Create awarness among my community, raise money for Omo Child in Ethiopia Presentation on Ethiopia/ Omo Child
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A lower elementary class in Lexington Montessori School chose to engage the school community and ask that everyone recycle devices that were no longer being used. The class spoke to parents, staff and students about the issues of coltan mining. Groups made signs and drop boxes, some took time to speak to each and every class and others manned collection areas. The class chose one day where everyone could easily drop their devices before and after school during drop off and pick up. An email was sent to the school community so that everyone was aware of the recycling day.
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The donation box will be available to families throughout the week of April 13-17, 2015. Children and families are invited to attend Family Fun Night on April 16, 2015. One of the activities is playing in a donated bouncy house. The children can jump and bounce in the bouncy house with a donation of $1.00 per child, toward Heifer International.