Hands On-Hearts will allow a group of at-risk students to learn the importance of pollination and actually use their hands to make a difference. The students will plant flowers and build birdhouses to display on school property.
We will plant wildflowers on different unused plots of land around our school. We will track the amount of bees and butterflies in our school's ecosystem and try to increase the population of helpful pollinators. We will also present information to our school community about the declining honey bee and monarch populations and offer ideas to our community about what we can do to help.
Local organizations can provide us with trees for a nominal fee of about $75 per tree (this depends on size and type). With a $200 grant and other money raised, we could bring large or numerous trees to campus. We are coordinating with our school's administration to facilitate this process, find good locations for the trees, and get them planted. Our help will make sure that planting new trees is funded regardless of the school's budget. We hope to plant the trees by the end of May 2015. The exact timing will depend on the availability of funding, the schedule of the administration, and other potential issues like providing the trees with appropriate irrigation in our dry climate. We are well-organized and in contact with the necessary people at all times, so as soon as we secure the resources needed to plant the trees, we will do so. If there are new trees on campus, we will know that our campaign was successful. It will be visible, but we will also conduct a campaign to make sure students and teachers recognize the role of the school's Roots & Shoots group in the project. The project overall will result in happier students, lower energy bills, cleaner air, and a more beautiful environment.
My students will plant a butterfly garden on our school grounds.
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We hold this event once a year and return to the same beach to clean up the garbage on the beach. We split into small groups, with one trash bag per group, and hand out gloves. The groups then collect the trash in the bags and carry them uphill, where a garbage truck picks up the bags.
Our students will create and construct the bird feeders and bird bath(s). They will also have the opportunity to decorate these to add color to our garden. Students will also construct and decorate mosaic stepping stones that will beautify our garden space. They will be given the opportunity to be creative and use their imagination to create a mosaic design. Our school is located within a neighborhood community and the garden is accessible to the community. The students will be able to share this project with their family, peers and community. Our hope is to create a space that inspires the students and the surrounding community.
Spread awareness about shark fin soup. Stop people from selling shark fin soup.
This project will get the garden ready for the new plants by cutting back the dead plants. The garden is supposed to attract butterflies and bees, our pollinators.
Our project will strive to create a healthy habitat. We will visit the conservatory to learn more about butterflies. We will study our environment and how it will support the butterfly requirements. We will record our findings and make a butterfly log.
We will plant! I plan on researching drought-resistant, hardy plants to put in the high traffic areas. Also, we will need to add some mulch and nutrient-rich soil to replace the sandy soil that's there now. Lastly, we'll add some sort of temporary barier so the plants can get some much-needed time to grow and prosper. This will take place during our annual school beautification day with students and parents from kindergarten to grade 6 volunteering.