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Recreating an environment that attracts children during school hours, such as recess, builds a positive relationship with the Earth, which needs to be sustained by these generations and those to come.
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We will have a school beautification day to replant our gardens. When the vegetables are ripe, we will harvest the produce. The students will eat some of the vegetables and we will sell the rest of the produce to parents so we can replenish our garden.
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We will bring garbage bags on hikes and clean up garbage left on the trail. After we will sort the trash to recycle anything that we can.
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Our Green Team will gather our community and pick up litter and other foreign objects from the nature.
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As part of the community walk, students identified the following problem: too many milk crates were being disposed of and not being reused. They also saw the need for green spaces around the 6th grade classrooms. They decided to fix both problems by coming up with a brilliant idea. They will use the crates as planters for native plants as well as seating areas around the 6th grade classrooms. We will survey 6th grade students and teachers to find out how their attitude has changed in regards to the green space area around the 6th grade classrooms and reusing the crates.
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We are a small troop of Girl Scouts that have partnered with the original Green Up Day founders to help build awareness to youth. We have reached out to other troops (both Girl Scout and Boy Scout) to help increase participation by encouraging them to participate in Green Up Day, but by also spreading the word around town. We have also partnered with he town to collect the bags of trash that we collect so that they will be properly disposed of and recycled. To date we have over 15 community groups and volunteer organizations participating in Green Up Day!
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In front of my school we have a 20 foot by 30 foot piece of grass that is not being used for anything. We also have a fig tree and a plum tree with some bulbs that could use some company. I want my school to be attractive to when parents come in and see how much pride we take in the outside appearance and the community around. There are a lot of urban farmers also in the neighborhood and I would like to purchase native bee food plants to attract more bees and help both ours and their plants.
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After community mapping, it was uncovered how the space directly behind our school needs attention and care. Recently, the amount of trash and pet waste on the path has dramatically increased and is making it difficult and unpleasant for bike riders, hikers and runners to utilize. The students who participate in the K-Kids Program will write up a proposal to the local government advocating for clean-up and asking permission for placement of waste containers. In addition, the club will purchase and instal materials, create posters in both Spanish and English to educate the community around the needs of keeping the trail clean, and maintaining the Pet Waste Station.
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My project is going to include having a bunch of booths at my school around campus for students to stop by and learn about taking care of the Earth in a different way each time. I am hoping to have booths such as Poison Free Malibu, a wildlife organization, Go Go Squeeze (our sponsor), Heal the Bay Club, Roots & Shoots Club, and Campus Beautification Club. I am also going to have Make Up Club at my school to face paint at the event. There will also be live music with a student band performing! This event required a lot of planning and work, but I started way in advance and I am very excited for event day!
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Freshman F.I.R.S.T. Roots & Shoots Campaign: Phase I - Learning and Planning Environmental Stewardship (September-December 2016) Phase II - Leadership in Community Service & Implementation (January - April 2017) Phase III - Evaluation Dissemination, Replication and Sustainability (May- June 2017 and the next 3 school year) Develop a Freshman FIRST Roots & Shoots Project Operations Guide to help others replicate the project.

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