The Story of Connection: Korogonas Ark, a sustainable, creative, spiritual, educational community towards Changing the Game
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We are trying to grab important people attentions. We are planning to volunteer at http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/wellfleet-bay . If you are interested the massaudubon goes and rescues turtles that are being blown the wrong direction and some of the turtles are endangered. Please help save ENDANGERED SPECIES.
I know this won't be easy, so I must educate myself well on the habits of wolves and facts about them. I will have to expose myself to other sanctuaries and facilities (even if I do not agree with how they go about things) to gain insight on what it's like to care for them. Reaching out to zoos and organizations with handfuls of questions about these beautiful creatures is at the top of my list and hopefully by the end of February 2017 I will have all of the information I need on them. The next step is to learn about the laws (such as zoning, taxation (aka filing as a nonprofit), and safety) and researching attorneys I can come in contact with who will help me should anything go wrong. Then I will reach out to veterinarians, even try to meet with some to gain insight on what to do in x-y-z situations. Once I settle on property I will look more seriously in a handful of vets that will aid me. Next is looking at property (once I calculate how much land I need). When I have an idea of the size of land I need, I will need to find land that is somewhat close to a city yet far enough away. I will most likely have to hire a realtor to help me with this as Google searches will make it a lot harder. Finally, I will have to build a large barn. This would be more for housing sick/hurt animals and a place to put an office. I imagine I will need a place to keep files, licenses and a computer while I'm there. This would also double as a storage area for any food/first aid. Obviously the real last step is finding out where to start getting these animals, as zoos would be my first guess yet I'm sure there are hundreds of more places I could get them from. This will probably be the last part of my research as it's less complicated than any other step. I am also going to need money (and lots of it) to start up this project. I imagine myself starting up a GoFundMe page for a lot of it. I have many other plans to gain income as well, however. I hope that by doing this I could save many animals and maybe one day set some free back into the wild. I want it to become normal for them to be roaming around this great big continent!
Donate to my page to fund elephant protection, make it known that we see the violence and we want it to stop. My national hashtag is #SavetheElephants post it everywhere. Stop this before its to late.
We will plant many butterfly and bird-friendly plants (mostly flowers and hopefully some that attract our native monarchs!) and create a sitting area as well as artwork and a peace pole showing the community that this is a quiet area for personal reflection. Many birds visit our garden when it is just me but when students (who can make a little more noise come) many of the birds and butterflies leave so we are hoping to have the back park be a silent area that will attract birds and butterflies all throuhgt the day.
We will write poetry about the beauty of nature and the importance of living in peace. We will create books of these poems to share with our families and friends. We will also paint the panes of recycled windows to reflect the subjects of our poems and help students see the beauty around them.
The Power of Sacred Places and Music: Students study sacred places in conjunction with orchestral participation. As they move through both they begin to understand what a sacred place is, how different cultures, beliefs and religions or no belief in religion can still find an inner peace through the participation of building the labyrinth and allowing for all people to have a place to contemplate and relax. The orchestral aspect is part of the journey of sacred spaces, is music a sacred space, can all people find commonalities through music and the labyrinth. The culminating aspect of this project is visiting Israel and building a labyrinth with those in an orchestra and the young people they work with, in addition to a performance with everyone from the Houston and the Israel Orchestra. Everyone has the potential to work together peacefully regardless of differences. We can make this world a better place when we decide to learn from each other in a loving and accepting manner.
We have started with one student intern this summer, and have tackled two main projects this summer - 1) Creating an educational book on the colonia of San Angel to be published in both Spanish and English available to students parents, and schools in and outside of Mexico. 2) Make strides for enabling the two greenroof gardens to be attractions and learning tools to guide individuals of how they too can be more active in enabling environmental projects and learning. After projects are completed (these initial two) we will promote the Go Fund Me project even more to gain support for future projects, with those donating having a say in some of the projects we take on!
On Saturday, 16 April, NY is a Great Place to Bee! Worker Bees will teach 62 girls from Kindergarten through 5th grade (and some of their parents) about bees, how they live, why they are important, what is threatening them, and how we all can help at an Earth Day celebration at Camp Addisone Boyce in Tomkins Cove, NY! There will be interactive games to learn about bee communication such as pheremones and how honey bees communicate by dancing, and there will be a honey making activity that involves girls pretending to be bees gathering "nectar" (water) and "pollen" (yellow pompoms) from specially designed "flowers." There will also be a presentation to the whole gathering on ways to help bees, so they can pick their "Way to Bee!"
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.