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Tomah High School Roots & Shoots held their 5th Annual Holiday Pet Food Drive for the Monroe County Animal Shelter. Over the last four years, we have raised close to 5,000 pounds of pet food for the shelter. This year we were able to collect and donate 1,600 pounds of food to the shelter. In addition to the food raised, six of our senior class members volunteered at the shelter by helping the solitary shelter worker clean, feed, walk and play with the animals at the shelter.
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The 8th grade Science class at Fesler Junior High would like to raise $1000 to donate to the plant a billion trees organization. The plant a billion trees organization needs more funds. We have already sent $86 to plant trees, but they need more money, The project already has the infrastructure set up by Nature Conservancy; what we would like is to be advocates that send more money to the tree planting project in the Atlantic Rainforest. Each dollar plants a tree in the Brazilian Rainforest which has just 7% of its former acreage and this is why it is so important to start replanting the rainforest now. Please make a difference and send $1000 in the name of Fesler Junior High Science to the Nature Conservancy today. If your goals are more determined to help the student community; then still please send the $1000 and we will use it to add to the trees that we will plant around Santa Maria. In December we planted 60 trees in Las Flores, the City of Santa Maria nature center acreage. Many students grew an acorn into an oak seedling and planted it on city land. The cost of a large 3 year old oak tree is $80 with the additional $1,000 in funding we could plant 12 trees to filter the water in our community, raise the level of the water table in the underground reservoirs, sequester CO2, and release life giving oxygen.
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The solar boat is a competition with forty four schools all building a boat that solely runs on solar energy. There are strict rules and points are assigned in all aspects of the boat such as design to speed. The main goals of our project were to win the competition fairly and have good sportsmanship. We learned wide variety of skills from this competition that are all technical in the assembly of the boat. This project is inspiring because it is a friendly competition with the goal of having fun and learning about solar energy and boats.
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The project rethink is a giant mural of bottle caps arranged to say "rethink" so far we have used 30,000 bottle caps in this project. The backing of the entire project is made up of pizza boxes that we collected from the Sally Ride Festival stuck together with paper mache'. The goal of this entire project is to help the people of America "re-think" their ways and reduce, re-use, and recycle. This project idea was thought up by the coach of Team Marine Benjamin Kay. This project is inspiring in how all of the materials used were most likely to be discarded and shipped of to a land fill.
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This project we marched, protested, made banners, and testified in front of city hall. Our main goals were to get plastic bags banned in our city and get a small tax on paper bags. We got the ordinance but it was never passed yet. This project was thought up by Heal the Bay. This project was inspiring because we were the first city in Los Angeles county to ban plastic bags. In the end the ban was not enforced yet but we are hopeful that it will be enforced.
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The goals of the project is to educate the students on how to test for water quality. we have not executed this yet. This project was thought of when we were donated all of the generous parts. This project is inspiring because it is from the kindness of the Surf Rider Foundation.
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The Dons Net Café (DonsNetCafe.com) is a social entrepreneurial student run business at Santa Barbara High School-Regional Occupational Program. We were asked to do a beach clean up for Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Futures Society to raise money for his first Santa Barbara "Day Without a Bag". We ended up raising $1500 for this event from our local Community West Bank and Santa Barbara Coastal Commission. We were having a really hard time getting students at our school to put their plastic cans and plastic bottles in recycle bins. If they did use them, they also threw in trash, gum, you name it. Gross! So, since we were working for Cousteau to stop animals from being hurt from plastic bags in the ocean and the contaminants they put in our oceans, we came up with the Cousteau Bin. THEY WORK! We bought wood to place over a few blue bins and had Santa Barbara High School students paint the covers, had a contest, presented them to Mr. Cousteau himself and the rest is history. It makes recycling fun and made it apparent what the blue bins are were for. It also gave artistic students a way to share their work and love of our beautiful ocean. Now, with our grant from Roots and Shoots, we have the ability to put a Cousteau Bin in every classroom and then use proceeds for our social entrepreneurial projects. P.S. We love you Jane!! We are so proud to work as a Roots and Shoots group. P.S. We love you Jane!! We are so proud to work as a Roots and Shoots group. Hope you are at next Peace Day in LA!
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Throughout the Month of November and December the Roger Williams Park Zoo R&S club designed and planned a bake sale at the zoo for staff only. The students listed out a bunch of organizations they would donate their money to, and after researching each organization the children voted on the Rhode Island Make a Wish Foundation. Next the kids decided on a date, location, and food list and made posters to display around the zoo to inform people of the event. They also sent an e-mail out to all the departments at the zoo to promote their fund raiser, and wrote a letter to the HR department to make sure we could have the event on zoo grounds. The students baked food with their families at home and brought them in on the day of the event. Items sold were: vegan cup cakes, cookie platters and baskets, pies, cakes, brownies, dog treats, sock puppet toys for dogs, catnip pillows, and bird feeders for backyard animals. The students raised $435 and sold all their items in under an hour! The students realized that they raised much more than expected. They also learned that a local entrepreneur was going to match whatever they raised! At the next club meeting the kids asked if they could split their profits and donate to two organizations. They decided to give the RI Make a Wish Foundation $225 which was matched by the entrepreneur to $450. The remaining $210 was given to the local American Association of Zoo Keepers chapter for Tree Kangaroo Conservation efforts in Papua New Guinea. The students received a letter from the director of the RI Make a Wish foundation inviting them to have pictures taken with the director in front of their "Wishmobile" for a feature on their website. We are meeting with them on February 3rd for our pictures and we will also feature the R&S members in the zoo's Wild Magazine.
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All the students at P.S. 28 are participating in Terra Cycle's Drink Pouch Brigade which I discovered while researching projects on the internet. We have already recycled over 400 drink pouches and will continue throughout the school year. The students in the science club have the job of cleaning, counting and packaging the collected juice pouches. They are also taking a closer look at how the school can recycle and save energy. The goal of this project is to better educate the students and families in the community on recycling and environmental issues.
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My project is called 1000classrooms (www.1000Classrooms.org) and I am trying to get 1000 Western school classes (and other kids groups such as Guides/Scouts) to donate $3 to buy a dozen eggs (so no kid needs to donate more than 25 cents). When the program reaches its goal we will have donated 12 000 eggs and educated over 25 000 kids about apes, Africa, and the environment. We will have helped the widows earn an income; the kids and teachers get nutritious food, and the gorillas to be more safe. We will have also taught 1000's of kids about protecting the planet and that Kids can make a big difference. Any classroom from preschool to University can contribute. Please let any teachers or students (or primate lovers) you think might want to be involved know about the project. I have a short powerpoint slideshow that explains the project, please just email me at apeaware@gmail.com if you want a copy.

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