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We teamed with Kids Against Hunger organization to do a one-day food packaging event. All the ingredients and materials were delivered by Kids Against Hunger. Students at school packaged 97,000 servings of food over an 8-hour period which exceeded our goal. Some of the packaged food was delivered to an organization in NM but most of it went to Haiti. We needed to raise approximately $10,000 for the food ingredients. We started raising funds in October 2007. Each student in the school was given a plastic bottle in which to save funds. Students periodically brought the bottles to school so the money could be counted. Donations from school events and groups were also solicited. We slightly exceeded our goal of $10,000.
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One day a month (for 4 months) approximately 40 students from 6-8 grades that are academically and honor level eligble are chosen to go on an all day service-learning field trip. We team wih the City of Albuquerque Open Space Department on a variety of conservation projects around the city on Open Space lands. Work this school year has included trail work, tree planting, garbage pickup, and work at a community farm. We typically work until lunch and then participate in an environmental activity in the afternoon to learn more about the local environment. Grant money is solicited each year to pay for transportation. Open Space provides all tools.
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Oklahoma City's "Trish the Trash Lady" gave a presentation on "reducing, reusing and recycling" trash. The group participated in several hands-on activities including an exercise that helped the children identify what types of trash can and should be reused and recycled. She also showed them how recycled trash, such as cans, bottles, paper and plastics are reincarnated into things like clothing, newspapers, new aluminum cans, bottles and even car parts. Following her presentation, the group decorated reusable shopping bags for friends and family.
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Earth Day 2008 was held at Cub Run RECenter, a Fairfax County Park Authority center. Our Roots & Shoots volunteers cleaned up trash from a dry retention pond. Planted native perennials and mulched a nature trail. The trail was over a .25 mile and water barring was added to control water errosion. I thought it would be a great opportunity to combine Earth Day with a Roots & Shoots project. None of our volunteers knew what "water barring" was. They learned that they could add fallen timbers from the forest to the nature trails to help slow down the water errosion. Our nature trails are used for local school field trips as well as for boy and girl scout hikes and badge requirements. I called local plant nurseries and home improvement stores to get donations for our native plants. One of our volunteers found $15.00 while cleaning out the water retention pond. Not too bad!!
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Our classroom decided to pick up litter on the school grounds and quickly became aware of the enormous amount of cigarette butts in our parking lot. We collected all of the butts we could find, equivalent to 26 packs of cigarettes. We counted the butts, displayed them, and made posters to display in our school. We researched the effects of cigarette butts on our environment and found a national campaign called "No Butts About It Litter Campaign" which gave us valuable information. We learned that it may lead to new policies about smoking in the workplace and the dangers it causes to our environment.
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A Walk-a-thon that raised money for a school in Kenya to help buy solar panels. Every person who participated carried two gallons of water for two miles to symbolize what a child/person in Kenya has to carry and walk in order to get water to drink or other.
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To help preserve and help plant six trees and two or three shrubs at the Afton Forest Preserve. Learned how to properly plant trees and shrubs, and also help restore the natural landscape of Illinois.
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We went Trick-or-Treating for donation of canned goods for the Salvation Army in Dekalb, Illinois. We collected about a shopping cart worth of canned goods.
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We visited Corkscrew Swamp to help them create a song bird habitat. First, the folks at Corkscrew discussed with the kids the differences between exotic species of plants and natives and what problems are caused by non-native species. Then we pulled out unwanted plants, cleaned out the brush and then planted native plants. We then took a tour of an area where they did a controlled burn the day before to help cut back on non-native plants.
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Funds for Fur was a pottery sale that our high school class had to raise funds for the local Animal Welfare Society.

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