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Members of our group went to a local creek to remove garbage to make the area suitable for salmon spawning. Also as a side project we removed the ivy from around the same creek.
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On Sept. 21st, we held our annual International Day of Peace at McMenamins Grand Lodge in Forest Grove, Oregon. This was our fifth year of celebration here! Five giant Peace Dove puppets were flown on the lawn of this historic building. Our featured performer was Dana Lyons (of "Cows with Guns" fame). His concert was entertaining as well as inspirational. The highlight was him singing his song "Circle the World" with our 5 Peace Doves flying behind him! Informational tables were set up to share the accomplishments of the three sponsoring Roots&Shoots groups (Forest Grove Roots&Shoots Tom McCall Roots&Shoots, and UUYI Roots&Shoots- Unitarian Universalist Youth Involved). The origami Peace Crane was taught, along with the inspiring Sadako who is the basis of this international peace project of children around the world. At another table, people decorated "Peace Flags", in the tradition of the Tibetan Peace Flags. The sky threatened to rain on us all day, but held off until Dana Lyons finished his concert. In spite of the rain, it was a wonderful day.
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Goals: 1. Promote peace in the community by participating on the Peace Corner with DeKalb Interfaith Peace Network. 2. Read the UN Resolution (2001) that led to International Day of Peace. 3. Fly Nigel the Peace Dove. 4. Discuss the possibility of installing a peace pole at DeKalb High School. 5. Decorate the EcoBuds bulletin board with messages of peace. Outcome/Results: 1. Project-investigate the pros/cons of making vs. purchasing a peace pole for high school campus. 2. Members had fun holding posters, shouting "Peace!" to drivers by. 3. Unfortunately, Nigel fell into disrepair and couldn't fly. 4. Bulletin board is decorated with pictures of doves and information about peace day.
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Alexandra and her fellow Kids Safari friends made Small Peace Doves from recycled paper. They wrote words that represented peace to them and colored to make each unique. They each took them home to tell their families about peace.
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Virgil's Roots & Shoots family group built a giant peace dove puppet the week of September 15th-20th for International Peace Day. We invited the Minneapolis Planet Protectors Roots & Shoots group to help us fly the dove at the Peace Pole Dedication Ceremony at Emma's Place, an organization and facility that provides single, homeless parents with three or more children the opportunity to stabilize their lives through affordable housing and support services. The Peace Pole was given to Emma's Place by the family of retired Executive Director Nelda Rhoades Clark in honor of her 17 years of leadership to Emma-- Norton Services. They will be the ones unveiling the Peace Pole along with Congresswoman Betty McCollum, Commissioner Reinhardt, Mayor Lingerie, Nelda's niece and a family from Emma's Place. The Roots & Shoots Peace Dove was flown during the ending song "Let There Be Peace On Earth" and closing prayer, when the Emma's Place family counselor spoke about UN messenger of peace, Dr. Jane Goodall, the Roots & Shoots organization and peace.
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Virgil's Roots & Shoots members, Diane Griffin and Jennifer Dartt (co-leaders) gathered materials from four different homes to build a giant peace dove puppet to fly on International Peace Day, Sept. 21st, 2008. Diane donated the tent poles, black paint and sewing machine and sewing skills. Jennifer's fiance donated old bike inner tubes, yellow paint and materials. Jessica Dartt, a Roots & Shoots member, donated chicken wire for the head of dove. Joan Griffin, grandmother of Jennifer and mother of Diane donated the five white double bed sheets. Issac, baby nephew of Jennifer and youngest Roots & Shoots member, also observed the making of the dove and gave his approval. Diane and Jennifer spent two days building the dove. The Minneapolis Planet Protectors joined our group in flying the dove on International Peace Day.
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Our group met in August and made a GIANT PEACE DOVE. Then on Sept. 21, we met at a local park, flew our dove, read Dr. Goodall's letter about the Roots & Shoots Peace Dove campaign and said a group prayer for world peace. The local newspaper did a nice article about our group and our peace dove campaign.
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Our class learned about Jane Goodall's work in Tanzania through books and videos, plus independent research on chimpanzees and deforestation. Then, we raised awareness and money in our families and neighborhoods and planted 7 native species trees in our school yard in celebration of Earth Day. Families also organized a weekly tree-watering schedule throughout the hot summer months when school was out of session!
Arisu Sarang, five high school freshmen entrusted by the Ministry of Environment in Korea, as the Third Youth Leaders of Biological Resources Conservation, promotes for the protection of an appealing creature: Gae-ri. Gae-ri is one of the many creatures living in the Jang-hang marsh situated at the mouth of the Han River in Seoul, Korea. Also known as the Swan Goose which spends the winter in that marsh, it is an endangered species, registered as the 325th national treasure of South Korea. A notable fact is that the Gae-ri is also flagship specie, which helps determine the health of the ecosystem of a certain region in this case, Han River. However, for several years, subtle changes have occurred in the migration patterns of the Gae-ri. The period and the frequency of the Gae-ris visits have diminished due to the global warming and the decrease of scripus planiculmis which serve as the main diet of the Gae-ris.; the construction of the Il-san Bridge has greatly disturbed the environment of nearby region, inducing the plant to greatly decrease. This change eventually led to the reduction of the Gae-ris. My group, Arisu Sarang promotes for preserving endangered species and the slowly-deteriorating marsh from further pollutions and changes. What we are doing for public relations (for example): 1. Develop off-line activities - Kite flying - Photo Exhibition (Creatures living in Marshes) - Environmental Quiz Relay - Bike Riding - Signature-Seeking Campaign - Informational Picketing - Brochure Distribution - Attend Nation-wide Environmental Youth Conference - Visit Environmental Board in charge of marshes development - Visit Environmental Groups/Corporations to promote our project 2. Develop on-line activities - Open environmental blog - Write articles on school newspapers/district newspapers/environmental magazines. - Write letters to local radio station/district officers
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The Sequoia Park Zoo Roots & Shoots helped Sequoia Park Zoo renovate the exhibit of their endangered White-handed Gibbon Exhibit. The group cleaned walls, secured drains, and hauled wood chips for the gibbons to enjoy. They also helped prepare and install a fake enrichment log.With the help of the Sequoia Park Zoo staff they successfully transformed the White-handed Gibbon exhibit into an enjoyable oasis for the animals.

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