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We will sell and distribute candy grams for Valentine's Day to students and teachers. This is a popular method of fundraising in schools, which we have branded HeartGrams by Roots & Shoots. As we promote the sale of these candy grams, we also promote the work of our club and encourage new students to participate in our work.
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At this time, we have already taken 2 of the 3 trips to Nana Cardoon. Each trip is planned a month apart of each other (March, April, May), so we are looking at how nature changes with the seasons. In anticipation of this, we have calculated the "photoperiod" (hours/min of light) changes at each weekly meeting. Between the first two visits we gained 2.5 hours of light! We have made various flat breads (Kurdish, Naan) from grain grown at the farm, cooking them in a "cobb" oven. We have ground wheat using a bicycle powered mill. Making our own hummus was great! We have explored changes in the garden, the role of pollinators, as well as planted potatoes. Our visits have ended with a group meal, enjoying our prepared foods. The results have been tasty. We are looking forward to our final visit in May.
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We are working on three different gardens. We are planting seeds for a vegetable and flower garden on our school property. We are also "adopting" a garden at the Manitowoc Zoo to maintain.
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UCAN will reach out to approximately 50 homebound individuals (elderly, disabled) who are unable to complete yard work. With our team of student volunteers and community volunteers, we will rake and remove dead brush, plant new spring flowers and help those who are unable to care for their yards.
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Our project will continue to clean up the area we have secured for the garden. Then, we will plant and maintain crops. We will design informative placards to describe the plants and their uses. We will open our area to the public with free raised bed rental to low income families. Also, the food produced will be used by our school's culinary program. We have already secured land, built raised beds, and began planting. However, we are trying to raise funds to purchase tools, plants, and help with a fence and gate to help maintain and protect our garden.
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This project will help my school community take action by planting and harvesting. It will get students to compost, learn about nature and our human impact on the environment. I have already reached out to many organizations and received a donation from a local lumber yard to donate garden beds. Myself along with my students and garden committee, have created a garden layout. We have shared our vision with the rest of our school community and our currently transforming our small lawn space into more of a community garden. We would like to build a green house so we can plant all year long. We would like to share our harvest with our local temporary housing shelter. Our project will impact more than 600 people.
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We are marching in the AHA Sustainable Southcoast Earth Eve Parade. "Hive you heard the Buzz"!
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Our students will spend time each week mapping, surveying, filling divots, removing branches, grooming the trails.
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April is National Child Abuse Awareness Month and our Roots & Shoots group would like to acknowledge the important and compassionate work child advocates in our community provide to children who are abused. We would like the tree to also represent the hope of growth and a new beginning.
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We will plant several blueberry bushes and a bunch of strawberry plants. We will research the best plants to purchase and best place to plant them, and then the best way to take care of them, and they will be a living environmental and plant-growth classroom for the toddlers through eighth graders at our school, and also provide healthy, nutritious and tasty food for the students (over 115 of them, infants through eighth graders) at our school when in season.

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