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The girls wanted to collect food to donate to the local food pantry. They wrote a brief note and left it on the door along with a plastic bag saying they would be collecting food throughout the week. All the people had to do was leave food in the bag on their doorstep. They left 50 bags and were able to collect a whole car load of food. About 30% of the people left something. They then went and helped stock the shelves. It made them feel good to help make sure people were getting enough to eat.
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We raised money for charitable organizations and raised awareness with middle school students about what they can do to help the environment. Student bands provided entertainment in a Battle of the Bands format. Students at the school either paid $4 (USD) to enter or $3 (USD) if they cleaned up trash from the area prior to the concert.
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We harvested Ponderosa Pine saplings from a tree farm and potted them and sold them. All money raised was sent to the American Red Cross.
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Students sold refreshments at basketball games and wrestling matches. All money was donated to the World Wildlife Fund along with money raised in another event.
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Our school sits on property that had been completely cleared of trees. Although a few trees and shrubs were planted during construction a few years ago, the site looks pretty barren to students, families and staff. In an effort to beautify the campus, a logo/garden plan was developed that would be positioned at the front area of the school. Local businesses were solicited to contribute materials and expertise, from garden design to tools to plants. Students in our after school program were tasked with raising funds for the flowers that would form the letters of the school, YMS (for Yulee Middle School), and the three grades competed for who would raise the highest amount. The students took flyers home which encouraged them to collect extra change, and they did this for a couple weeks. The major bed preparation was done on two consecutive Saturday mornings with parent volunteers, along with some students, and included sod removal, compost distribution and border planting of shrubs that had been donated. The flowers, which formed the letters, were then planted over several days, with small groups of students participating after they were done with homework.
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The students in our after-school program were given a presentation of a conservation project in the rainforest of central Africa, (the Democratic Republic of the Congo). In addition to learning about conservation issues specific to wildlife in this area, the students were made aware of the importance of education for people living in these important conservation areas. The presentation illustrated big differences in living circumstances, while highlighting the common concerns that are shared across cultures. The students decided to collect school supplies which would be loaded into a container that was scheduled to travel in the spring. Ten boxes of donated supplies were collected and many letters were written by our students to students receiving supplies.
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We had a table at an Earth Day Fair at a local University. We helped visitors to our booth make birdfeeders out of pinecones, birdseed and peanut butter. We also distributed the Roots & Shoots fact sheets.
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All of the members of our Roots & Shoots group have vowed to ban the use of plastic grocery bags, and to adopt reusable cloth bags instead. We made cloth bags out of scrap cloth that members had on hand.
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Our group was interested in promoting reusable shopping bags. We had learned all the facts about plastic shopping bags and the kids wanted to do something about it. We designed a logo together and came up with Keep Our Earth Green. They drew the picture and we brought it to our local graphics shop where we were able to order organic heavy cotton bags. In addition, we read on the internet that San Francisco had banned plastic bags, so we decided to write letters to our mayor asking that we follow San Francisco's lead. We are in the process of selling the bags. We ordered 100. Unfortunately they cost was almost $8.00 each, so we're selling them for $10.00. Our community still benefits because they will be using these bags and becoming aware of the plastic bag problem. Any money we make will be donated to the local Humane Society because that's where the kids wanted to help.
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A representative from Keep Nassau Beautiful came to our school and gave a presentation to all students in our after school program, which explained the Three "R's" -- Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Emphasis was put on what each one of us can do. The students decided to stop using the individual plastic water bottles that had been distributed daily with their snacks. The result has been a significant dollar savings, and more importantly, we are reducing our consumption of plastic.

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