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Our Beholdance group found out about home-bound seniors in our area that were receiving Meals-on-Wheels that were struggling to feed their life-long pets. Some were sharing their only hot meal with their pet which we felt was not a good situation so we decided to create a project to help resolve this challenge. We started collecting dog and cat food to help with the seniors with their pets. Beholdance special bags the pet food in one gallon freeze bags and special label it for our local meals on wheels volunteer drivers to deliver. We have a monthly meeting and generally do this after our planning meetings. They then deliver it with the persons hot meal so both the senior and their pet gets a good meal. In July, we will celebrate our second year of this ongoing Beholdance campaign. We have great pictures we can share if you are interested. Oceans of Love, Dakota
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The Roots and Shoots club at York House School consists of a group of enthusiastic girls in Grades 4-6. As its inaugural project, the club wanted to honor Dr. Jane Goodall's recent visit to York House School by participating in a very special and meaningful project. The Leading Light Initiative, which is organized by STAR EcoWorks Society, was a perfect project for the club as its mission also reflects the school's motto, Not for Ourselves Alone. The club made a commitment to Dr. Goodall to raise funds solar powered LED lanterns that are designed and supplied by STAR EcoWorks. Canadian Hydro Developers offered to match the gift. The club looked for support from the school community and the response was tremendous. Including Canadian Hydros matching gift meant a total of 22 lanterns could be sent to Africa to help professionals such as teachers, health care workers and conservation professionals. The next task was to actually build the lanterns. Once more the club looked for support from the school community and once again, the response was overwhelming. Under the technical expertise of STAR EcoWorks, Mr. Steve O Gorman, students from Grade 10, staff members and parents joined students from the Roots and Shoots club to work together with enthusiasm knowing these lanterns would be making a big difference for many professionals working in Africa. Throughout the day while the lanterns were built, members of the school community from fellow students, parents, maintenance staff, teachers and administrators dropped in to encourage and congratulate the club members. The day was made more special as members from the Vancouver office of Canadian Hydro also joined in the workshop to lend a helping hand to the student builders. Special thanks goes to Mr. Steve O Gorman who lead the workshop and to Canadian Hydro for their participation and support of this special project.
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The Sacramento Zoo hosted events during the afternoons of November 15th and 16th. Teen volunteers along with students from a local grade school provided interpretation for zoo visitors near the Orangutan exhibit. The interpretation focused on the issues surrounding Orangutan conservation, and the threats facing the species and its habitat. We aimed to increase awareness about Orangutans, and what the public can do to aid in their survival. All proceeds went towards Orangutan support and rehabilitation.
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When the Oakland Zoo hosted the annual Chimpanzoo conference this year, we saw an excellent opportunity for our group to get involved. 23 of our members participated in an essay contest to be able to participate in the Chimpanzoo conference session on training young chimp observers. After writing the essays, the teens attended the conference to hear speakers affiliated with Chimpanzoo from around the country, including Dr. Jane Goodall. Then, each participant was required to attend an observation class with the zoo's Chimpanzoo coordinator, to learn to recognize our chimps and become familiar with basic chimp behavior. Graduates of the class are now starting basic chimp interpreting at our exhibit, with a goal to eventually become trained in the entire Chimpanzoo ethogram.
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Adults cut fleece into 6-8 inch strips, students added fringe at the bottoms to make scarves for homeless in our community. Each student brought one new toy to be donated to kids by Santa at the Storehouse food pantry. Students made 128 scarves, donated 63 gifts and over 20 books. Students enjoyed working for a cause they believe is important to them and enjoyed each other¿s company. It was a wonderful way to start the holidays, there were no gifts exchanged, just good will among young people caring for their community. Materials were donated on 12/9/08. The storehouse will use the scarves immediately for homeless people seeking warm clothing, and the gifts will be distributed by Santa and his helpers at a special event at the Storehouse on 12/23/08.
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Once again we grew mangrove seedlings and then planted them as part of the Reclamation Project created by Xavier Cortada
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Our students went to Sabbath Dog Shelter and helped clean the area and groom the dogs, getting them ready for adoption. They raised money to buy mops and buckets to help with the clean up.
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Members of the Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, teen and intermediate group delivered care parcels to many of the fellowship's oldest members. Though 3 of the 10 members that we visited were not home, we did meet with many members and had a wonderful time sharing stories with, and singing carols to many members of our fellowship. We left the experience feeling inspired by the amazing work of our elders, and also hopeful that we can even hold a candle to their accomplishments.
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Volunteers from Ci Yuan CC YEC brought students of Northlight School on an engaging learning trail at the Singapore Zoo. The Singapore Zoo places much emphasis on wildlife conservation and has various exhibits to cater to our objectives. The main purpose of this trail was to educate the students of Northlight School about the threat of extinction faced by the many endangered species in the region and little steps they can take to minimise such a threat, for example, spreading the word about illegal animal products. The volunteers spoke to the students of Northlight School about the illegal wildlife trade, habitat destruction and pollution and the impact these actions have on our wildlife species, biodiversity and hence our ecosystems. In addition, the volunteers also guided them in completing a worksheet about endangered animal species, ensuring active participation on the side of the North light School students. This also doubled up as a community service project as the trail was organized for a group of less academically-inclined students, many of whom have some form of learning difficulties. Bonds were formed between the volunteers and students as they had a great time interacting and learning more from each other while knowing more about wildlife conservation. The volunteers provided positive feedback and agreed that this was a really enriching experience and future projects would be organized to allow and encourage greater interaction between the two groups of students.
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Our R&S group had raised up almost $100 throughout the entire year. We voted on how the money was to be spent/donated, and decided to save half for future project expenses and donate half to various charities. We decided to give half of the donating money to a local charity and half to an international charity. We voted on several different choices and decided that our international charity would be the Central Asia Institute. This organization builds schools for girls and promotes peace in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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