Phase one includes the planning and execution of one craft lesson a month. Our time-frame for phase one is this academic year, from September to June, but our goal is to develop a program that is ongoing in nature and cultivate engagement in the greater Pasadena independent school community. As our first craft, we will be helping the children create pillows that can be taken to their new homes.
My project will be to contact the already existin center of applied rationality and convince them of the importance of creating a brazilian center.
I started this project with the help of my Mom 3 years ago when I was in the 4th grade and we packed 20 boxes. Last year we packed 68 boxes. This year with the help of lots of family and friends I was able to pack and drop of 129 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. My goal for next year is 140 boxes. It is very cool because you can put a special label on the shoeboxes so you get to know where in the world your boxes end up.
Communicating the food drive to the Chapman community (with school assistance); identified families in need (through school Guidance counselors); collected donations of food from students and their families over a 10-day period; assembled in the auditorium to group like-foods in specific categories; sorted and assembled supplies into family baskets; prepared baskets for personal delivery (by school administration) to needy families.
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.