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Our project is an educational forum and expo hosted by students that will educate and unite the community. We will have local and regional businesses and organizations that support sustainability, be present to educate our students on the career opportunities in this growing field and also educate our community on how to live more economically, efficiently, and sustainably.
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According to our most recent beach cleanup along the shores of Lake Erie, on Sept. 16, 2017, over 800 plastic straws where collected in just 3 hours! Many of our families attended this cleanup and are well-aware of the plastic straw dilemma. In addition, Kids for Positive Change Educator and Founder, Camille Licate, facilitated individual classroom programs about sharks, sea turtles and marine ecosystems to our 562, 4th and 5th grade students, in early September 2017. During this program, students learned how plastic straws, bags, bottles and balloons negatively impact marine life, and, more importantly, how what happens on the shores of Lake Erie can impact the Atlantic Ocean. Currently, students are working in Think Tank Teams and are researching marine species, the problems they are facing and coming up with plans of action to help the species. Some of our TTT are specifically focused on plastic pollution in our oceans, with a focus on plastic straws. We are implementing a plan of action, developed by one of our Think Tank Teams: This Plan of Action involves creating fact sheets about plastic straws and the negative impacts they have on marine life and visiting every local restaurant to "pitch" the "So Long Straw Campaign." Using raffle tickets, students will explain to restaurant owners and the city council, how patrons who opt out of a plastic straw will receive a raffle ticket. Once a week, there will be a drawing, and a patron can win a free drink, dessert or appetizer. For patrons that prefer a straw, another local organization, LEADERship Ashtabula County, has offered to donate paper straws to all local restaurants. Our "next steps" involve a meeting with the City Manager to put the plan of action in motion. Students will begin to create information sheets and flyers and practice how they will pitch the campaign to restaurant owners. We will have the students call the restaurant owners and set up a time to speak. Then, we will accompany a few students to the meetings. Our goal is to have the campaign in place, with the raffle ticket incentive, by or before January 2018, We will also film the students during the phases of this campaign and create a short video to share with our community and social media. Our goal with this video is to inspire other students to take action in their communities too!
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I am introducing a new program in our school to raise awareness of the major environmental issues in the world today. Children will learn about an issue, chosen by them and their teacher/s, and will learn ways to help the earth and reduce the problems caused by humans.
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We will learn how to do vermi-composting as well as traditional composting so that we can use the compost in our outdoor classroom as well as at home. We will learn what is good for composting and what we shouldn't put in it as well as build or purchase a compost bin for our school.
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We will accomplish this project by hanging up signs near the water fountains in our school. It will make people become aware of the harmful affects and remind them to use a reusable bottle.
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Our project will connect each member of the community together in hopes of cleaning and clearing out trash and anything that pollutes the community.
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We will start by finding ways to help in our own community by participating in beach and waterway clean ups. We will grow the effort by raising awareness and inviting others to join in. We will use art, sewing and writing to get our message across and fund raise. We will create our own reusable sandwich and snack bags that can take place of hundreds plastic bags. Our young group members will help inspire other young people in their schools and communities through art and through action.
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Our project will show how to lessen your ecological footprint by doing things such as reducing the use of plastic water bottles.
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Pick up trash around woodlands park to encourage others to reduce, reuse, and recycle.
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We will drive to the back of Steiner Ranch and pick up/recycle the trash we find.

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