Through the Mini Grant and our children involved in fundraising projects in our classroom, we will be working to buying the jacket for the New Year
Our garden will replace a patch of grass that consumes thousands of gallons of water every month. This is crucial in Southern California, where we currently have an unprecedented drought. According to our calculations, our garden will only need half the water the lawn drinks up. After scouting this location with local gardening experts and project leaders, we will draw up a layout for the garden, i.e. fences, beds, irrigation, trees, ideal plant layout, etc. We will then acquire the necessary things we need to plant. These include seeds, small plants, lumber, construction materials, and tools. We will try to get as many of these as we can donated by local businesses. Meanwhile, we will be spreading the word and recruiting as many volunteers as we can to help us. The more students we get involved at our school, the more successful our garden will be. We will also target teachers, parents, and community members and ask them to help. This will all be finished by late February. Then, in March, we PLANT! After planting, we will maintain a healthy base of support to ensure the success of our garden in the future. We will host events like gardening days and garden parties to raise awareness about causes like hunger and environmental issues. Our garden will continue to be a beacon for philanthropy and environmental stewardship in our community.
We are supporting agricultural project of community-based members to help them increase their yields and thus improving their income
We will first research to determine the most culturally-relevant, age-appropriate and gender-sensitive reading materials, teaching tools and student manipulatives to increase the effectiveness of teachers to teach literacy skills and develop the habit of reading among children; and to improve the school environment to be more conducive to learning. We will then purchase materials to transport to The Batey Learning Center to build, create and assemble educational kits and student manipulatives, in collaboration with staff and students, so that they have a sense of ownership and hands-on involvement in their own teaching and learning.
In 2010, Resources for Health Roots & Shoots adopted Evergreen Park, a community space with play structures, open fields, and a small wooded trail system, for Arbor Day. Our first project as “park adopters” was planting flowers to beautify the park’s entrance, and for the next three years, we carried out a variety of park enhancement projects, including litter cleanup, light park maintenance, filling roles in community events, and the occasional blackberry removal. Although these early projects weren’t directly focused on the woods, we admired it as a gateway to the past, what the landscape must have looked like before the parking lots and high-density housing that now surround it. In 2013, our group agreed that the area of the park in the direst need of our help was that wooded area, as it was least utilized, and in turn, least maintained segment of the park. That month we shifted our efforts to be more focused and consistent in the woods. We also began to extend the participation of the events from our group to community members. During these events, we removed immense amounts of the invasive blackberry, redefined the entire trail system, removed litter, and re-vegetated the woods with native plants. As a result, many native plants independently regrew in place of the blackberry we removed, our re-vegetation efforts took root and helped shade out the blackberry, and the trails stand out from the surrounding foliage and debris! As of today, these projects continue in the woods of Evergreen Park. To learn more or get involved with our efforts at Evergreen Park, visit www.resourcesforhealth.org or email us at Info@Resourcesforhealth.org!
We are decorating a box to look like a tree where people can put there donations in the form of non perishable food items.
First, each Roots & Shoots member had to ask permission to host The Kindness Challenge in either their classroom at school or with an extracurricular group, such as Boy Scouts. Then, everyone created a Kindness Calendar--an advent-style calendar that contained a weekly idea of how to be kind, such as "switch off all the lights when you leave a room" or "give a classmate a compliment". The idea is to read the kind idea and then challenge their peers to complete it in a certain amount of time. To keep track, each member also made a Kindness Cup, so if a peer does the challenge, they can write how they completed it and put it in the cup. Before the next kind idea is read, members can count how many of their peers did the previous challenge and add an extra challenge of having more people complete it next time!
The Pit Bull Awareness Campaign is a project with two goals. The first goal is to help out a local pit bull rescue group, and they chose Handsome Dan's Rescue which is based here in Rhode Island (http://www.handsomedansrescue.org). After looking at their Amazon Wish-List for needed items, each Roots & Shoots member created and set-up a collection box in their community so they could gather donations for Handsome Dan's Rescue. The second goal of the project is to educate their communities on pit bulls and the stereotypes that surround this misunderstood breed. To achieve this, the members created a survey link and posted it above donation boxes. The survey would allow people to safely submit their email address in return for educational information on pit bulls. Now the Roots & Shoots members are working on creating an engaging, informative and creative educational piece to send out!
My project is based on solid waste...... we can reuse & recycle the solid waste..... e can seprate biodegrable & non-biodegrable from very first stage.... from our homes, offices, colleges etc.
We will join Two Hangry Chicks to package lentil casserole meals for local families.