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Bring healthier food options to after school programming at Youth Works after school program by shopping the organic section of the store, as well as the farmers market when it opens in the spring to ensure the freshest snacks to those children who live in a "food dessert" and most often do not have the opportunity to eat fresh produce.
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We would like to use the funds to support active community service trips and initiatives. We plan to use the funds to make sandwiches for a group that donates them to people who are experiencing homelessness, to buy supplies for local food banks and to support the City Meals on Wheels program. On a larger scale, we will use to funds to raise awareness within our school and larger community about this important issue.
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My class has chosen to focus on pollinator awareness. We've started a small apiary in the school and working on increasing public awareness. My students are learning to keep honeybees, extract and bottle honey, and use beeswax to make products. Our current obstacle is to increase the availability of pollinating plants by planting fruit and nut trees in the school park
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Our project will show love and compassion to those who may feel like they have been left out. We will do this by giving what we can to stop hungry pains with a meal for that day or give a blanket to someone who may be freezing outside.
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The project, growing, planting and harvesting will take three months. We have an existing garden and four classes that come in. We'll get the seeds, have the kids plant them and care for them and tend to them, and keep a record of what they see and learn in their garden journals.
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The PLAN for the next three years: 2018, 2019, and 2020. Yield of avocados and oranges depends upon climate. Will we or won't we have rain? Because our trees are mature, their roots run deep. Trees do well with 15 minutes of water from two sprinklers once a week. Avocado tree provides seeds that sprout easily. Morning dew collected in rain barrel is used to water seeds. Going forward in 2018, avocado seeds will be sprouted to create plants to donate. Oranges will continue to be harvested and donated.
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We would love to have a garden to table cooking club. We would use this mini-grant to purchase classroom cooking materials. We will harvest from our outdoor garden space as well as herbs grown in our classroom. My students have expressed interest in having a before school breakfast cookshop. We have a homeless shelter at our corner, we would love to partner with them and provide needy people with food from our harvest and cooking club.
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This will include the free coding classes we will teach (through Orange County Coding), as well as supplying them with proper clothes and hygiene products. If we receive the grant, we can supply them with feminine hygiene products. Those items are the needed the most in these shelters because they are donated the least.
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This Roots & Shoots mini-grant will help us to be able to give out cangoods, coats, scarfs, and gloves so that will be able to help those in need during this winter season.
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Students will be working in groups to learn more about hydroponics, the nonprofit SEED, and ways that learning Arduino-hydroponics farming techniques might help urban communities like South LA. As this is our first year working on the project, we will start small--by installing small hydroponics systems with Arduino sensors in a small community garden. We hope that this will impact students by helping them make a difference within their own communities and help develop advocacy skills around food justice issues. We were inspired by the work by Steven Ritz, founder of the Green Bronx Machine in the South Bronx, NYC.

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