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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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Starting in March 2016, BirdLife Malta is hosting an exciting new project called Action for Nature. It is a 20 month project involving an international exchange with scout groups from Hungary and Norway coming for 1 week to Malta. They will be running their own environmental campaign with the support of scout and BirdLife Malta leaders. The environmental campaigns are focused around the BirdLife Malta nature reserves and will work to improve the area for humans, wildlife and the environment. We have just seen the successful completion of our first exchange with a YMCA scout youth group from Hungary and the Tarxien Venture Scouts. They carried out management work on Foresta 2000 Nature Reserve and ran an open day event with around 100 people attending. They worked together as a team to raise awareness of the nature reserve and the importance of protecting Nature.
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We are excited to announce our school composting project where we will be studying soil chemistry, the process of decomposition in nature, how we can minimize waste in landfills, and how we can share the compost with a network of gardeners in our neighborhood. We plan to begin composting this week (first week of April) and begin turning barren, sandy soil in our school's back land into fertile organic soil by monitoring and testing soil composition. We will track the change of soil as acidity and nitrogen levels vary over time. We will use a test area as a control to compare and contrast as our compost area changes. Children will learn quickly how a small change in lifestyle, along with education can be the best fuel for change and making a difference. This is a project that is sustainable from year to year. Sustainability is a key concept of the future because many things we do lacks this vital perspective! Children need to raise awareness about this.
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All students in grades K-5 at Nicely and Metzgar Elementary Schools in the Greensburg Salem School District will participate in a hands-on service learning project. This service-learning project combines a "teaching and learning approach that integrates community service with academic study to enrich learning, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities." Each student will create a individual project that will be donated to a local agency or group of individuals. All 400 students at Nicely Elementary School will be responsible for planting flowers and decorating flower pots that will be presented as gifts to residents of local nursing and assisted living homes. 300 Metzgar Elementary School Students will be making beaded bracelets for residents of local nursing and memory care homes. These student will also be able to design and decorate a place-mat that will be laminated and donated to local Meals-On-Wheels Programs. Following these activities, students will be asked to reflect upon their experience and discuss how they felt completing these projects. In addition to large and small group discussions students will be asked to complete a reflection activity survey. Lastly, information will be sent home with students so that the discussion can continue with parents, guardians and with members of our community.
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Our city does not have many gardens, so we plan to help the community plant gardens starting with our high school: Bell Gardens High School, in the city of Bell Gardens, California. Students will plant a garden in school and educate and help the community plant gardens in their own homes.
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This project will be completed over the course of two months and should be completed by the beginning of May. We start by reaching out to schools willing to take on the responsibility of a garden and by fundraising for supplies. Once we have a school willing to work with us we will begin reaching out to the faculty and parent community to come up with a plan and get volunteers to help us with the garden, and to agree to care for it in the future. Finally, we plant!
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We will collect plant, soil, and material donations for the construction of our project. The community will be helping by planting, growing the seeds, and maintaining the garden during the summer months. All fruit, herbs, and vegetables will be sold and given to local citizens. All proceeds will go towards other community garden beds, compost bins, and no money will be collected for profit.

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