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Received a red pine tree root from a Minnesota environmental organization at the Minnesota State Fair. Planted the tree in Spooner, Wisconsin in the woods near a cabin.
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One of the things I am focused on this year is sharing peace building activities within my children's elementary school as a way for all the children there to participate in the observance of International Peace Day.I have suggested a few age appropriate activities that are not only creative and fun, but also promote more discussion about building peace. The first project is for the Kindergarten through 2nd grade. These students will simply make a "Peace Chain." They will each get a wide colorful strip of paper that is long enough to make a bracelet or chain link. The teacher will help the students "brainstorm" ways that promote peace, and each student will write a peace building idea or phrase on each link. They can also draw and decorate their link if they so wish. The links will be connected together, and then used to decorate the children's classroom, as well as serve as a reminder that building peace unites us and makes us a strong community. The second project is for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. The students will learn how to create an origami Peace Dove. If time permits, they may also even write a paper about how to be a Peace Builder. "In what ways can I build peace?" might be the title for this paper.
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Our Roots & Shoots campers created a Go Green themed corner in our RECenter lobby. Kids made incredibly creative posters during camp that promoted a Go Green theme to all that view the posters in our RECenter. The posters were vibrant with color and articulate with catchy themes such a "Litterers are Lazy" and "Trash cans are here for a reason." Each poster gave a tidbit of info on various Go Green initiatives to help educate the community on how small steps taken can make big differences in helping to save the planet.
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After months of research, we created a Roots & Shoots camp based on our highly successful R&S Jr. Volunteer Program. We offered a Full day session 9am-4pm and and half day session from 9am-12pm. Campers conducted a variety of service projects, team building and initiative games, art projects and pool time every day. Campers heard guest speakers and went on one field trip. Campers were given a 3 ring binder on the 1st day and was responsible for bringing it to camp each day. Each day, campers were given info. handouts that pertained to each day's lessons and activities. We offered this pilot camp twice at one week sessions. We offered to a maximum 12 campers which was a perfect size for a first time camp.
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We worked with EcoHelpers and the National Park Service in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. We planted native plants. We count this as a Rebirth the Earth project because we plant trees and bushes that are native to our area. We were paired with younger students from the California Science Center summer program. Together, we demonstrated how we help improve the Santa Monica Mountains to the National Parks Second Century Commission. The commission is a group of experts who are examining some of our national parks in order to formulate a plan to ensure that the parks continue to "enrich and ennoble this nation and its citizens." We explained what we do in Roots & Shoots to help the parks.
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Mauricio, Captain of the Green Thumb Eagles, and his mentor, Tyler, planted wildflowers, including the California State Flower, the poppy, in a neglected plot of land that the City of San Francisco regularly fails to tend. Before planting, Mauricio and Tyler cleaned up the deserted plot, and picked up two bags of trash and dead weeds.
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Three members of our group went through two sessions of customer service training courses. The goal of this was to better serve our groups base organization, Sequoia Park Zoo, when our group does events on zoo grounds. The three participants learned about many communication skills that our group should use with public relation. The idea for the course was suggested by the zoo manager after she planed the courses for all zoo employees.
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This is our monthly park clean up. We have a very large park in the middle of our neighborhood. Our goal is to keep our park looking beautiful, keeping it free from litter. I am the Park Chairperson in our neighborhood association, so I feel this is a wonderful opportunity to help our community come together. This is a very simple and positive thing anyone can do to help our planet. The outcome is a beautiful green space for all to enjoy.
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As a member of the California Youth Leadership Council, I represented Roots & Shoots in a presentation to members of LAUSD after school programs. These devoted young adults help students with their homework and spend their time in a positive manner after finishing their school days in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Erin Viera and I presented the Roots & Shoots organization to these guiding adults and led activities on how to start projects. Focusing on the main aspects of the organization, Erin and I helped suggest ways to mold the after-school programs with service learning experiences the youth could participate in. It was very interesting hearing about the various service learning projects that had already been executed. It was helpful to the entire audience to share past experiences and learn about new ones and how to improve their programs.
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Two past senators have appointed commissioners to survey all of America's National Parks for the first time since their establishment over one hundred years ago. In an effort to rejuvenate Solstice Canyon, located in beautiful Malibu, California, the National Parks Service worked with the commissioners to plant 250 baby native species plants, including trees.

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