Our Roots & Shoots team members will team up with university students traveling from four universities in and out of state for spring break to work with Habitat for Humanity. We will be working on green spaces and making aesthetic improvements to owner occupied homes in a low income area and will prepare lots of land for a few new homes that Habitat will soon build.
To create the pollinator garden, we must first clean up the project site, a courtyard "reading garden" that is currently in disarray. University students will hold a series of educational lessons and activities in the kindergarten class at Pizzo Elementary, to explain the importance of pollinators and give the students a sense of ownership of their project. During one such activity, we will help the students choose plants that will be attractive to many native pollinators in Florida. In early spring, we will have a planting day and celebration with the students as we plant the garden together. Hands-on educational activities both in the classroom and more importantly in the garden will continue once the garden has been established. We have obtained funding from USF's College of Arts & Sciences, and intend to complete the creation of the pollinator garden in Spring 2015.
The project will improve the care for the plants within the school, perhaps increase the number of native plants and attract animals. Each class will adopt a particular area of campus to focus on in their care. The students will research the types of plants there are and what kind of care they need. The students will then care for the plants.
The project will not only beautify our school landscape but it will teach our students all the steps involved in designing, preparing, and planting native plants. The project will bring our community, parents, and students together in creating a drought tolerant garden.
Our Roots & Shoots groups coordinates an annual moth night each year. In 2013, we gathered in our backyard. In 2014, we collaborated with the National Park Service and gathered on the beach within the park boundaries. We will continue to take part each year and in doing so increase awareness and appreciation for these nocturnal pollinators.
Planting trees and grass around the school compound
After surveying problems on our campus, it was decided by the students that we needed to address the fact that all water from rains was being directed to a nearby wash were the water was then lost to the ocean. Additionally, we decided that the campus needed some beautification. It was determined that we could meet both goals with this project.
Students to create a design by mapping a selected site for a drought tolerant garden. Students will work in groups to draw/sketch the selected area for the drought tolerant garden. The mapping will assist in the planting stage.
Reduce or stop using products that have palm oil in them like some foods, cooking oil, hair products, etc. You can still eat foods and use hair products but check in the ingredients and make sure it does not have palm oil in the product.
We will write an article about our project on our school website and newspaper asking pupils to join it. This program will run for 3 months, each week there will be a plan of activities we are going to do, so everyone can join it. The most active pupils will be awarded with precious gifts and a ticket to the cinema.