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It is shown in studies that the way kids grow up affects the way they live the rest of their lives. When we see our community, we see ourselves in a way. We see the good parts and the bad parts. We see the kids playing in the parks, we see our cars, our homes, our schools, the buildings we work in. But, we also see the parts in us that we can improve on. One way we can improve the community is put in a garden. Our group of seven student plan to do a flower garden in the front of our school and put a vegetable garden in the back of the school. We think that putting this in could improve our school and the spirit that we have for it. One small change can make a big difference.
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We have acquired a garden box and need to add liner and dirt and flower seeds. We already have three garden boxes devoted to edibles and a garden lab program. We teach over 150 kinder gardeners about growing foods from seeds, healthy dirt and beneficial garden bugs. This project would add a much needed landing pad for butterfly's in the kindergarten area and additional strengthen our program so that we can include teaching about butterfly habitat and life cycles.We would also be providing a much needed resting spot for insects traveling over our heavy paved school.
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Our project will benefit monarchs and other butterflies. We will plant a large butterfly garden with lots of milkweed and other host plants for different kinds of butterflies and pollinators as well.
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We will invite some parents to help us build the bed. We have community work days, so we could build it then - or during school day.We already grow a lot of food in our garden, you can see our designs for the bed. We might grow purple potatoes or pumpkins in our new bed! Although we have lots of beds that need fixing, we would like to start on rebuilding our first one with a Roots and Shoots campaign and grant!
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Women’s Empowerment Club will work together to help build community housing. The Club ladies will give their time and volunteer in building habitat homes. All young ladies of the Club range from 17 to 18, all are High School Students. Not only will they help in the building aspect, they will also help feed the workers and help with paperwork and working with the children and potential home owners while the parents are in seminars.
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This year, one of the biggest shortcomings that the students of Roots&Shoots have noticed at Aptitud was the lack of a recycling program. In an effort to start a recycling program, we reached out to the City of San Jose to help get some free recycling supplies. After the City of San Jose provide us with the materials that we needed, including plastic and paper recycling bins, we were able to start a recycling program at Aptitud, and thus show the kids that making a tangible effect on their environment is a reality.
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This project will beautify the space (benefiting our school community), improve the environmental resources of the space (benefiting animals) and provide us with an outdoor learning environment (benefiting students).
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Wildlife is abundant in my area but the numerous storms have driven them away so bringing back resources for them. The creation of food, water and shelter for the many bird and rodent population will increase the wildlife, helping propagate the indigenous plants.
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Students will build birdhouses and plant flowers to attract bees, birds, and butterflies.
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I will construct an informational kiosk with a plywood board on which relevant information can be posted using pressure treated pine wood and galvanized steel hardware.

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