United States
One corner of the school yard will be dug up and filled with plants that will attract butterflies and insects. Another corner will be dug up and infused with aromatic plants. Interpretive signs will be hung to explain the nature of the specialized areas. A cob bench will be constructed with the help of our students, showing that chunks of demolition cement can be reused to make a new structure. A pump will be installed, connected to a small solar panel, making a fountain work. The water pressure will change when the angle of the panel is changed, an act that can be done by our students. Finally, a structure will be built for climbing, using recycled materials. We will be collaborating with university architecture students. This will give them an opportunity to research and construct a structure, as they follow their passion to become architects. We hope to have much of the project completed by the end of the school year. But it is more realistic to say that it will be completed by December 2015.
Bahamas
There is a local public beach which is commonly littered with garbage. This garbage ranges from small plastic bottles to pieces of boats. My family will join me armed with garbage bags to remove the garbage. The beach will look better, the garbage will not re-enter the water and wildlife will no longer be threatened by these particular pieces of garbage.
United States
We plan to educate our community about why dog waste can be so harmful, and provide them with resources to make the process easier. We think that by reaching out to a local official and convincing them to spend time and resources on this issue, we can make the maximum impact. We have been researching the negative effects of dog waste, the occurrence of uncleaned up dog waste in our community, and how people can do this more effectively.
United States
Our Roots & Shoots team members will team up with university students traveling from four universities in and out of state for spring break to work with Habitat for Humanity. We will be working on green spaces and making aesthetic improvements to owner occupied homes in a low income area and will prepare lots of land for a few new homes that Habitat will soon build.
United States
Bring a community together that is so far broken that it may be the only thing to bring them back together. Community members, city council, district members and students/faculty members will develop a much better working relationship while working together for a much larger cause.
United States
Hopefully, in cooperation with a donation from Lowe's, each grade level will be able to plant in the courtyard.
United States
To create the pollinator garden, we must first clean up the project site, a courtyard "reading garden" that is currently in disarray. University students will hold a series of educational lessons and activities in the kindergarten class at Pizzo Elementary, to explain the importance of pollinators and give the students a sense of ownership of their project. During one such activity, we will help the students choose plants that will be attractive to many native pollinators in Florida. In early spring, we will have a planting day and celebration with the students as we plant the garden together. Hands-on educational activities both in the classroom and more importantly in the garden will continue once the garden has been established. We have obtained funding from USF's College of Arts & Sciences, and intend to complete the creation of the pollinator garden in Spring 2015.
Tanzania
We will organise a day at school dedicated to a huge litter pick! We will provide students with gloves and equipment to help them with their task. We will designate different areas of the school to different year groups. We will then lead an assembly encouraging the students to maintain the cleanliness of the school site and its surrounding area.
United States
To stop vandalism and destruction, and encourage school beautification, the class will create 1-minute skit presentations showing various instances of the actions taking place, and record them using a video camera. These videos will then be put onto CDs and distributed to other classrooms so other students can be made aware and encouraged to stop their negative behavior. They also plan to start "junior janitors" to have students make sure their peers are not littering or wasting food at lunchtime. To promote kind behavior and "the golden rule," they will make posters around the school with positive messages.
United States
We will make a community map of our local area and research our local birds. We will learn their names and learn about their habitats and needs. We will clean up the habitat.

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