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As a class we will be making measurements of the land area and brainstorming ways to beatify the area. We know we want to add plants, but we also know that we need to control for runoff and possibly rebuild the walls holding up the levels of the land which are there to prevent ground erosion. We hope to work with the the parks department to have a trash can put in nearby or in the park to cut down on pollution left by people walking through the neighborhood.
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The students will map out the school's organic garden footprint and the resources needed. The students will research and identify native flora, fauna and grass species, as well as the climate in deciding which plants to grow throughout the year and it will be organically maintained and naturally sustainable. Our drought will create awareness and the need to provide solutions for water conservation. This project will empower students to share and present the dangers of using toxic pesticides, especially for purely cosmetic reasons to the local HOAs in their community. They will also present the benefits of organic gardening and non-toxic solutions to the board in hopes that they will switch to organic landscaping. This organic school garden will help their problem solving skills, presenting skills and hopefully their gardening skills.
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To kick off Spartan Service, we have developed a week of activities in which all 1100 of our high school students will have an opportunity to participate in. - Monday - With Meals of Hope, we will package 50,000 meals that will be donated to our local food bank. All students will have an opportunity to package meals that morning. Each meal is balanced, nutritious, and shelf-stable for up to 2 years. - Tuesday - We will send students to serve at our four feeder elementary schools. This will enable our high school students to give back to their former school and set an example to current elementary students for what to expect with service when they get to high school. Activities will vary at each school, but will include reading to students, cleaning up a nature trail, organizing teaching materials, painting murals on walls, and much more. - Wednesday, we will have over 700 students working to clean up our high school and middle school campuses. Students will be working in small teams on a variety of tasks: pressure washing, painting our fence, cleaning, laying pine straw, planting flowers, etc. - Thursday, all English classes will have students write at least two letters to military men and women to say Thank You for your service to our country. Letters will be delivered to service people over Thanksgiving when they are not able to be at home with their families. - Friday will conclude with a pep rally highlighting our students hard work and a keynote speaker from Chick-fil-A talking about the value of service. After our Spartan Service week, we will help students to begin tracking and reflecting on their service hours. Moving forward, we will have a calendar online that increases awareness of on-going service opportunities in our community with an easy way to sign up to participate.
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Currently, we have a Sensory Garden outside of our classroom. This garden was built in 2014 by our special needs students. Since then, it has become over grown and not maintained. With this grant, we will be able to buy the supplies to revamp our sensory garden. The garden will need plants that you can see, touch, taste, and smell. We will also need new wind chimes for the hearing station.
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We hope our project will spark the conversation on healthy eating. Fresh organic food is very hard to come by in most Los Angeles communities. This garden space will act as an inspiration peace as well as a full learning experience for all participants. We will engage with family and community members in planting all trees during the Halloween season.
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Our students will build planters on our school. They will germinate seeds, transplant to a smaller planter, and then plant in our garden. The students will learn how to care for their plants. They will be responsible for creating another garden somewhere else in the community after they learn now to care for the garden.
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Enhance the vegetable garden by adding a greenhouse with hydroponics and water softening systems.
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Our project will show students how they can re-use simple items around their home for sustainable practices.
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This project would impact the students to clean up their surroundings and have knowledge on these rodenticides. We had Poison Free Malibu come to our school to have a lecture on this topic. We contacted the organization to make arrangements and held it in one of our school theaters.
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We will create a local and sustainable food system where families are able to access more fresh produce to incorporate in meals at home and create new learning opportunities for students at school! We'll be working with parents, students, local businesses, non-profit groups, members of the Garden Committee team, and district personal to get our mission accomplished! We will also be creating a Colorado native plants garden therefore providing bees and butterflies a home and place to thrive.

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