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Our project will make a more positive environment. We will pass out treats and smiles to strangers. The reward is seeing them smile. Everyone knows life’s hard but a smile makes you push a little harder or take another go at something a smile can really impact someone’s day.
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Hawlemont's playground is the only public park in the town. We having been working over the past few years to add gardens and fruit trees for the town's enjoyment. The gardens and trees not only beautify the park but add healthy fruits and vegetables for the community to enjoy. We are hoping to be able to plant several more fruit trees and continue to add and enhance our gardens. This year we would like to plant 5 new fruit trees and add a raised bed for a tomato garden on the side of our barn.
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I would like to begin as soon as we can with this project, while we are waiting for the thaw we will begin to sprout seeds inside of our classroom. We will then gather community members to clear the yard completely. We will gather shade loving plants as well as placing a layer of fresh compost, topsoil, and woodchips to make the place look like a woodland fairy garden. We have a set of logs and stumps that I would like to paint into mushroom toad stools. I will have the children make their own fairy stepping stones, out of poured cement. We will do all of the work allong with the class so that they can see what it looks like to care for our spaces.
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I would like to begin as soon as we can with this project, while we are waiting for the thaw we will begin to sprout seeds inside of our classroom. We will then gather community members to clear the yard completely. We will gather shade loving plants as well as placing a layer of fresh compost, topsoil, and woodchips to make the place look like a woodland fairy garden. We have a set of logs and stumps that I would like to paint into mushroom toad stools. I will have the children make their own fairy stepping stones, out of poured cement. We will do all of the work with the class so that they can see that we love and care for all things and places that we learn.
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We will purchase native, drought tolerant seeds and plants and plant them then tend to them on our campus to encourage increased biodiversity of flora and fauna. This will also beautify our campus.
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Our garden was flourishing last year. The children were very excited to share in the Harvest as well as all of the work that needed doing to keep the garden healthy. I would love to replicate that experience again this year. Anyone that visits our school can see our beautification first hand.
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we will (with permission) replenish vacant and undesirable spots with beautiful sweet-smelling wildflowers for the bees and for US!
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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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Our project will be to collect plastic water bottles from around the school and use the proceeds to fund the planting of trees in Haiti.
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This service learning project will introduce the importance of creating a cleaner and safer environment for people, plants, and wildlife on our campus and in the community. By integrating Missouri Girls Town's longstanding focus on life-skills training, youth will have the opportunity to not only interact with nature, but learn about their impact on the environment through litter disposal and recycling projects. Participants will be challenged to help eradicate litter and waste in one of two zones (either Zone #1-Campus, or Zone #2- Community). Gloves and safety wear will be provided to ensure participant safety. Each participant will have the opportunity to learn about the importance of creating a healthy, clean, and safe environment for all. The project will culminate with a celebration for all of the participants efforts in reaching our goal of creating a cleaner environment. This project will be part of an ongoing effort to introduce more service learning opportunities on Missouri Girls Town's campus.

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