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The project that the students at Donaldson Elementary are requesting will allow them to build birdhouses. The students would like to build birdhouses for birds to use for nesting or as a shelter during winter. In addition, the students plan to use the birdhouses for scientific observations such as monitoring what types of things are used to make nests, how many eggs the bird lays, etc. Students will be extremely careful not to disturb the birds. With grant funding, the students will be able to purchase the necessary supplies such as lumber, dowels, wood glue, and stains. Students will carefully follow plans and when the birdhouses are completed, they will be hung on trees which have been a part of the school community for almost fifty years.
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The project will be in memory of our late principal along with creating a habitat for birds and other animals. An eco-bench will also be will be created out of recyclable materials. This project began this summer. Teachers and staff laid cardboard and mulch down where memorial bench will sit. The bench was purchased with grant money and is ready to be installed soon. Further monies are needed to complete community garden for students to learn about habitat and plants. Plan to have students plant vegetable garden for community use along with planting proper flowers for attracting and feeding bees and butterflies.
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We rarely see butterflies in our park. The butterfly garden will encourage the butterflies to come back to the park.
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Last year, my 2016-2017 class learned that seed balls made gardening easy, fun, and accessible. They learned that seed balls grow endangered wildflowers needed by pollinators, protect seeds from wind, birds, squirrels, and other critters, and has easy dispersal for more uniform coverage. So, they hand-rolled approximately 600 seed balls and shared them with their families and friends by putting bowls of packaged seed balls with planting directions (the “guerilla” method was the most popular to write about!) out at Open House for our entire school to take home to plant in their gardens. Many of my 2017-2018 class got to take these seed balls home as second graders and came into my third grade class at the beginning of this year not only wanting to make more seed balls, but enthusiastic to share them with the other schools close by to us. This goal came from wanting to include their friends who maybe are on the same sports teams, Girl and Boy Scout groups, or other community groups as well as their older siblings and their friends who may be at the middle school. So, my 2017-2018 class’ plan of action is to make more seed balls to not only share with our school community, but also the two elementary schools and the one middle school closest to our school campus.
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In a food web, everything depends on everything else. A single change can disrupt or even destroy an entire ecosystem. We learned that bee populations are in decline. Without bees to pollinate our plants, we could have a big problem on our hands. That is why our 4th grade classes have decided to work together to be at least a small part in revitalizing bee populations by building a bee sanctuary. Each class has taken on a specific role in the project, and our focus is on making the sanctuary an inviting place for students and community members to visit so they can enjoy nature and learn more about the importance of protecting pollinators. We will define paths in the sanctuary, build simple benches for seating, and create signs that help to educate visitors to the sanctuary.
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I will plant native Texas flowers that will attract hummingbirds and butterflies, which will give them a safe place to eat and rest.
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As part of our project we will go around local parks and plant flowers and seeds in different areas.
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Our project will encourage visitors to explore our community and all things creeping, crawling, growing and decomposing.
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We will construct four cedar boxes and fill them up with dirt. Then we will plant flowers that attract bees and butterflies.
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We have two community partners assisting us as suppliersoon for the seeds. When the plants develop we will then organize delivery to Nebraska Wildlife Federation to spread the plants across the state.

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