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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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This project will require making this an event for the school as well as making flyers to publicize this event. I will make sure that it is announced on the morning announcements as well. I am offering service learning hours for students to earn for volunteering their time to clean up the school. I also will recruit my advisor to attend the event.
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The group is collecting bottles and brainstorming ways to incorporate the garden into our workspace. The area is a fence and in LA our options for viable plant life is limited, especially as we are conscious of our dwindling water supply.
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We will promote our day of action by advertising it on our web page, and will create posters advertising the event. We will purchase plants and plant them in our garden. We will also pick up trash around our school and in the park across from the school. We will sort the trash into the correct recyclable categories, bag each category and send them off to be recycled. We will use this project as a service learning activity where students will learn valuable information about how to correctly plant and landscape a garden, as well as, learn why a clean environment is so important.

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