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Ken DeFrank, principal of the Success Academy in Grand Island, NE, wrote a grant to get the funding for a school pollinator garden at Dodge School. Dodge Elementary School students are using state fair winnings from a combination of our (outdoor) Little Free Library and "Adopt a Cat" community service boards to help fund the project. This will be a shared effort between the Dodge chapter of the GIPS Roots&Shoots and the elementary Skills Academy/ high school Success Academy.
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We are the Pier Park Urban Park Rangers! Mrs. Sorensen's 4th grade students at Dodge Elementary School researched and created a JR Park Ranger booklet for our park in the hopes that by doing this project it will encourage people to go outside, keep parks clean, and help people get along! You can view it on our community map here: GIPS Roots & Shoots - https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1xYla-fXlf70pm8FpJOelWT4JUIk&usp=sharing
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As Jane Goodall states in her Ted Talk WHAT SEPARATES US FROM CHIMPANZEES? - March 2002 a quotation from Mahatma Gandhi "If you look back through human history, you see that every evil regime has been overcome by good." Jane also states, "We can talk about the distant past, plan for the distant future, discuss ideas with each other, so that the ideas can grow from the accumulated wisdom of a group. We can do it by talking to each other; we can do it through video; we can do it through the written word. And we are abusing this great power we have to be wise stewards, and we're destroying the world. In the developed world, in a way, it's worse, because we have so much access to knowledge of the stupidity of what we're doing." It is my life purpose to share with all liked minded individuals, the solution to our worlds demise...it is time for the mass population to wake from its slumber and begin living life as it is meant to be lived...not as slaves to currency. By the way, when is the last time you held a gold coin in your hand? Or a dollar bill for that matter? Today's currency is held electronically, 1's and Zeros on a computer. Before the Government had to 'print' more money, now they can manipulate currency digitally. Gold was the only true currency of our ancestors, however, a Fiat Currency in the early 1900's was developed to assist with the cost of wars (WW1 & WW2), watch the youtube video "The Biggest Scam in the History of Mankind - Who Owns the Federal Reserve? Hidden Secrets of Money, episode 4 has over 6,000,000,000 views. Together we can create a world that does not control humanity through currency. My purpose is to share how I found a higher level of thinking that we all have access to, but can only be achieved through finding the Truth, not through fear controlled government run societies! Please join me in creating Imagine Nation!
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From 2017 to 2020, I will start from their own, to protect the environment, love flowers and plants, when the new year does not set off fireworks and firecrackers, to remind the people around, join hands to build a better home.
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My project will provide healthy food to our students and their family, as well as provide a wildlife way station area to increase biodiversity at our site. We plan on holding farmer's markets with a "take what you need, give what you can" philosophy. We also plan on educating our community about wildlife and how to support our native plants and animals. We would like to grow our garden as a community, and include not only our students but their families and community members as well. Our garden will provide hands on educational opportunities for students as well as a chance for them to support and help their community. In order to make this happen, we need to add drip lines and timers to grow our garden, and enable us to use water efficiently. We also need drip lines in order to sustain our garden over school breaks. We also would like to add additional edible and native plants in order to increase our ability to produce and harvest food for our students and their families.
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Using collected Soda Cap Codes (Coca Cola), Terracycle Points and Kellogg's Points, were are donating to plants trees for our Community Service for January - June 2017, Ms. Brown's - 1st Grade! :)
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Our first meeting is about to happen. We will set about learning all we can concerning our community environment and decide upon a mission. The action and plan to be announced! We are voting today on our projects, mapping is complete, can't wait to see what we challenge ourselves to do! We voted and started our first project! Our team is making blankets , and pen pal letters for our community elders.Our video team has posted an awesome creation on our twitter account, check it out on @Hopewellrns!!!
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Students walked the area around the school. The next activity is mapping the community with paper and digital maps. It is an important activity for our students to expand their view of the world and make connections to it.
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Our group would like to help the local community by donating and volunteering at a food pantry, help local animals by donating to and volunteering at an animal shelter, and the environment by holding a beach clean up.
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We will be growing a Jane Goodall Institute Base Camp and spreading the word about the Roots and Shoots Program and how people can get involved. We will foster the growth of Roots and Shoots in our community by encouraging people to join and letting them know exactly how. Then we will plan and hold a Roots and Shoots Festival to celebrate our accomplishments.

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