We will educate our community - fellow students, our families, and our teachers - about the 4 R's. We will purchase new trash cans for our yard that encourage recycling and composting too! We will host weekly clean-ups to make sure our yard is beautiful for all to enjoy!
First, we cleared the remaining shrubs and debris from the site. We laid out 2 garden beds and sowed grass in area between the 2 proposed native plant beds. This week we will weed the area. Apparently, the weeds are now 2 to 3 feet high. In 2 weeks, we will plant our beds.
As a 4H group located in New York we strive to constantly look at ways we can assist our community. We have chosen to assist our local animal shelter in making improvements to their facility so that it is more efficient, adopter friendly and pet friendly. The facility is in dire need of turn out areas for the dogs and after meeting with the facility director we have decided that a great project for our 4H would be to build a new Puppy Corral for the shelter. The shelter facility has fallen on hard times and is in need of some improvements. As a 501C3 Non Profit group, they rely strictly on the graciousness of the community to donate time and money in order to improve the facilities. As a 4H program that has strong roots in animal science and a very strong dog focus we feel that it is a great opportunity for us to give back to our community as well as to the many animals that through no fault of their own have become shelter residents. We are proposing to build a Puppy Corral where the puppies taken in by the shelter would have room to exercise and socialize. The Corral also gives adopters the opportunity to view how the puppies interact with other dogs and is also a much more pleasant way for the public to view possible dogs they are interested in adopting, as opposed to kennels. Currently, the Corral is old and not secure. The wood is rotted and the shelter is constantly fixing the fencing when it really should be completely replaced. The basic plan for this proposal is to spend 1-2 days at the shelter with a group of 4H youth. We will volunteer our time to pound fence posts, string wire mesh, paint boards and also create a new sign for the structure. Youth will learn the benefits of hard work, compassion, ethical values and principles of responsibility. For this campaign, the Oneida County 4H program will match and/or exceed the $200 that the Roots and Shoots mini grant will provide in order to complete the campaign. In order to gauge the success of this campaign before and after photo's will be taken,4H will conduct follow ups on the number of adoptions that the shelter sees as well as gather testimonials from the public and staff of the shelter to showcase the project's success.
We will work at the Shaw Nature Reserve on Wednesday August 12th.
Our project will take many, many pounds of largely non-recyclable plastic packaging out of the waste stream as well as removing litter from our community and the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Our bench will also be a visual representation of how much litter we generate and the possibilities of repurposing it. Since February 2014, we have been saving all of our plastic packaging, both from home and from school, as well as using all of the plastic litter from our school campus, and stuffing it into bottles to make bottle bricks. Our after-school club constructs bottle bricks; students in my class make bottle bricks by choice at recess or other free time, and students and staff make bottle bricks at home. We are working with a local nonprofit and with the East Coast representative of the international Peace on Earthbench Movement to construct our bench.
Trinidad and Tobago
Identify students in two groups 7-10 years and 11-15 years. Design interactive lectures and workshops and hands on activities all geared for students. Incorporating the work of the on-going nautical archeology research, the Rockley Bay Research Project (RBRP) and highlighting the importance of the island's cultural heritage to effect change.
First we research and investigate the Monarch Butterfly habitat by learning it's life cycle, migratory patterns, host plants, nectar plants. Next, we find a good site for the development of an appropriate habitat; we wanted it to be free and accessible to the community 24/7, so we asked the community library if they would allow us to develop this habitat for the Monarch butterfly on library property. After discussion with library representatives, we were given permission. We have begun observing the site and discussing what will need to be done to the area in order to ensure that it will be a place that Monarchs will want to visit and lay eggs. We have begun to amend the soil with organic compost in order to plant vegetation that will attract the butterflies. After doing this, we will be planting more throughout the summer and fall. We will check in with the library and keep them informed of our progress, and the plants that are placed there.
I will deliver a talk and presentation to my grade 6 class at Esther Starkman School. I will also be handing out hand made pan flits to the class. I will have a craft sale at my local park to raise awareness to the community. All the money will be donated to the David Suzuki Foundation in order to push towards saving the bees in Canada. http://www.davidsuzuki.org/
I will start spreading awareness that the places around us are getting polluted with trash and other things and by cleaning it up together we will make new friends and spread kindness.