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Our compost bin will reduce the amount of organic waste disposed of improperly at this park, reduce the release of methane gas by facilitating proper decomposition, encourage people to become more aware of waste and recycling, and generate quality fertilizer that can be used by other visitors in their own gardens at home. After getting permission from the city, we will use lumber that we already have at home from previous projects and create a small, simple slatted compost bin in an unobtrusive location. The bin will be easily visible, but won't be an eyesore for visitors. Since the park is local, we will be able to visit frequently to add leaves and thicker materials to keep it from being soggy, and also to aerate the pile.
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I will buy some milk weed and plant it on a two acre lot.
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Our project will consist of recycling across the park to help reduce plastic waste. Once this is distributed people will have to recycle the plastic waste.
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This project will improve the quality of the gardens. We will do this by creating a compost pile in the back yard.
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Our project was small, but had a huge impact. Since we started working on preserving La Casita it has been rented almost every weekend. A summer camp was started, first just only 1 week, but this summer was now 2 weeks, and it brings 70 girls each week to the camp to learn about all things plant and animal related. We asked the Ranger to come and give us a hiking tour. He connected us with the Fire Department that came to teach us about First Aide. The Audubon Society wanted to come and teach us about birds. The list of helpers and partners keeps growing because people care about this land and want to preserve it for girls and boys to come and learn. They want to teach the girls new skills in a quiet and safe environment outdoors. We have an outdoor classroom (benches and cover) so we can have a lot of girls in the classes. The impact was great and we are very proud that a small group of us cared enough to preserve this land and property.
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We will know that the program is successful when we actually start making the mulch and we can notice a decrease in the amount of uneaten food that is thrown away. We will be outside during lunch to ensure that excess food from students is acquired and not simply thrown away.
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This project will be used at the school by creating a school garden, of plants that are fruit and vegetables using organic dirt. Students will be able to watch the process of strawberries, apple trees, and tomatoes starting from a flower to a small sized berry. Students will watch the stages that it takes for strawberries and others to grow. In addition, students will help put weeds and water the strawberries as a community involvement. Also, students will learn how each fruit is grown differently and other fruit are healthy for your bodies.
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My class last year started making bottle bricks. My class, this year, has started making bottle bricks, along with every other 4th and 5th grade class at Superior Intermediate (my school) and Erie Intermediate (the school on the same campus, across the courtyard). All classes will make bottle bricks, for the foundation of the bench from now until March 2018. All classes will then build the bench in April 2018. My class, along with other classes are collecting plastic bottles and bags to make the bottle bricks. Camille, from Kids for Positive Change, just presented the Sharks & Sea Turtles Program, to my 4th graders on Friday, Sept. 8th. My students are so excited about saving sharks and sea turtles and they now understand how plastic bottles, bags and plastic pieces harm sharks, sea turtles and other marine life! Our action time has started and will continue! We are all so excited about creating and building our Earthbench!
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Our project seeks to create a green space where students can tend a garden. The garden would have a variety of plants, most importantly including plants native to our Southern California ecosystem. Our students will also be learning about green architecture. They will have a large part in brainstorming ideas for design as they learn more about what architectural designs will help sustain this space. Our students will be specifically learning about greywater systems. As they learn more about this technology, they will contribute to the design by coming up with ideas on how we can collect greywater from our own school to sustain plant growth. Finally, we hope to build a mini amphitheater within the green space. The green space's main function would support learning. The space would be open to the whole school for classes to take place in. It would be a zone for interdisciplinary learning to take place. A history teacher might bring their students to come learn about the history of the landscape of our very own neighborhood, while a math teacher might bring their students to learn more about ratios and the importance of keeping track of the ratios between various plant species in order to keep the native garden healthy and diverse.
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Our project will inspire the young generation to engage in recycling and a more sustainable way of living. Through placing recycling bins within each one of our classrooms, we will highlight the importance of conservation and encourage students to protect our environment for many years to come. As they adapt to a sustainable lifestyle, they will enhance the alarming condition of our planet and become influential leaders who inspire other individuals to do the same. By receiving this mini-grant, our group will have the opportunity to make a strong and life-changing impact towards our campus and student body as a whole.

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