Understand that the connections that we make with nature affect all things living and nonliving around us. Study Plant Life in our school yard and link the indoor garden with our Outdoor Classroom space. Understand the connection between plant life in our forest and the animals that the forest services, including us. Identify the native and invasive plants and trees. Study the therapeutic uses of our gardens. Understand the forest in terms of foraging and begin to learn about therapeutic gardening and the indigenous plants in the area. Begin to affect changes that are beneficial to people, animals and plants. Learn to create action and give back to others. .
We will raise awareness and funds for people in great need. Our pots will beautify people's homes and the plants will improve air quality.
I want this project to not only be informative but give the children a real chance to connect with water and understand how it is vital to their community. Being surrounded by water means they daily enjoy a range of water activities including the famous jetty jumping, combining the enjoyment they gain from water I want the project to encourage them to create ways we can improve wastage and understand shortages. An important way to involve the children and keep them interested will be to utilise the time we have to conduct the project through hands on activities and exploring as many aspects of water we can. I want to create a mixture of educating through fun activities such as learning how to make different types of bubbles, growing their own plants, scientific experiments, village related activities and so on. By conducting the classes this way I hope that the children will really understand the importance of water and how we can tackle the water wastage especially.
The goal of all exhibits will be to follow the Roots & Shoots mission to make a positive difference to either people, or animals, or the environment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.