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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 local charity would be the Humane Society for Hamilton County. We wanted to be able to help animals that didn't have the ability to help themselves.
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Our group adopted 2 needy families for the holidays. Both of these families are living in hotels. Each family signed up to donate specific items of need for each family. We got together at a park to organize out donations and then we delivered the items to the facilitators that delivered the items to the families. Items donated included-clothing, blankets, towels, gifts for the children, non perishable food items, toiletries, gift cards to grocery stores, Wal Mart and a used clothing store, Stockings filled for the children, a crock pot and an electric skillet. It was a very rewarding project.
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We had 3 groups (Girls Scouts, Cub Scouts, Church group) meet and study peace issues on Sept.11 and make Peace Doves. They spent 2 hours on the 11th of September and again 2 hours on the 21st of Sept. flying the Peace Doves on the town common.
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Luke met with Rep. Tim Cosgrove at the State Capitol. They have made plans to meet with the agriculture committee chairman to discuss his prairie dog day bill. It will be a challenge because he is a land owner, and thinks prairie dogs are pests. But if he convinces him, his bill can go forward.
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The main goals of this project were to foster understanding and awareness of the Global Water Crisis. To achieve these goals we used video, and a number of overhead projector transparencies. Moreover, a question and answer session was held at the beginning and end of the presentation. From doing this project I learned that it is better to bring more materials than thought needed. For example: I did not expect the presentation to go on for about 40 minutes; I only planned on 15. We came up with the idea for this presentation shortly after Bethel Roots & Shoots asked WCSU Roots & Shoots if they had any project ideas. This project was inspiring because everyone there seemed so interested in the relevance and extreme importance of the subject matter. I feel that the outcome of this project is a greater individual and group understanding of the problems the world is facing in terms of access to potable water.
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One of the neighborhoods in our town is comprised of homes with carports. Because of this, most residents keep their trash cans in the carports full time. This is a problem where we live because the trash cans sitting out all the time draw black bears. Bears get into the trash and learn to associate humans with food. They learn which days are trash days when people put their trash out on their curbs the night before trash pickup as well. Our goal was to have a parade to draw attention to the problems associated with bears and trash. We were sponsored by the Colorado Division of Wildlife who gave us materials to hand out and the loan of a bear costume. We brought a bear proof trash can with us as well as several decorated red wagons filled with information on bears and how to be more bear friendly. We donated 2 trash cans to residents.
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A representative from Wayside Waifs came to speak to our group. She brought her dog and they taught us how to approach a strange dog and what to do if attacked by a dog. At the meeting we made toys for the animals sheltered at Wayside Waifs. The children also made toys at home to donate, as well as brought donations of blankets, dog and cat treats, and soda can flats to use for litter boxes.
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A representative from our county Human Services and Aging Department spoke to our group regarding the various volunteer programs in which we can participate. She spoke about the Meals on Wheels program which serves homebound families in our county, as well as various other opportunities. Our group decided to help with the Meals on Wheels program (on-going monthly volunteer opportunity) as well as help with the Birthday Club and the Valentine Stampede. We will deliver meals once/month for Meals on Wheels. We will adopt a client for their birthday and make them feel special by purchasing gifts and making cards. We will create valentine cards to send to clients.
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A representative from the Parents as Teachers organization spoke to us regarding their agency. They help families with children from birth to 3 years of age to be the best teachers of their children that they can be. We made toys at this meeting, and at previous meetings, for the representative to take back with her and give to participating families. The toys were all made from household and recycled materials.
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Super Fun December Meditation. For December, a traditionally [extended] family-intensive time of the year for many of us, let's bring the focus back to ourselves: let's remember who we are inside all the stuff that connects us to everyone else we know, love, hate, and/or care about. Let's take some time to see ourselves as spirits residing in bodies. Hey, how are we supposed to make good decisions that further our spiritual journeys if we can't see past the fog of our daily struggles? We set up a grounded space, so that kids could easily enter and leave the meditation, and grown-ups could also easily enter and leave the meditation.

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