Czech Republic
The main goal of this project was to provide fresh fruit to our local homeless shelter each weekend. Through our previous work with the shelter we became aware that while visitors to the shelter have sandwiches, biscuits and other such foods on the weekends, they never receive fresh fruits and vegetables. Our Roots & Shoots kids spent one trimester working on a plan to present their idea to the community. They wrote a presentation, scheduled a meeting with the school principal to get permission to carry out the project, wrote letters to families and delivered their final project plan at a school assembly. Each week the R&S kids draw the name of one grade level from a basket. All families of kids in that grade level are invited to send in one or more pieces of fresh fruit on their designated Friday. The R&S kids bring a large basket to each classroom in the given grade level in which to collect the fruit. Then the group supervisor delivers the fruit to the shelter (where she volunteers each weekend). The kids have been doing this for one month now and the support has been overwhelming. The original goal was 100 pieces of fruit per week, but each of the past 3 weeks the kids have collected over 200 pieces.
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Our group got together and decorated dog leashes (with,buttons, bows, glitter, etc.) and then sold them to members of the community. The money we made went to support a new dog walking area being developed in a vacant field next to the Humane Society. This project will benefit dogs, people (a safe, clean place to walk their dogs) and the environment (clean up of vacant field).
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We gathered towels and blankets for the humane society and took a tour of the facility and learned about their mission.
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The children were set loose to find large, "open" pinecones under the pine tree while an adult arranged the other supplies on an outdoor table. We endeavored to saturate our pinecones in natural, smooth peanut butter from a communal bowl, using dull butter knives. Then we rolled the goopy pinecones in a wild bird seed mix. When each pinecone was holding as much food as it could an adult fastened yarn at whichever end of the pinecone was most willing to be tethered. We then hung the pinecones from trees for the birds to enjoy.
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Our Roots & Shoots group met and dyed over 600 easter eggs to be hidden for the community Easter Egg Hunt. About 35 kids, ages K-8th grade, participated in this service project. The kids reported feeling good about themselves for helping with a project that benefits the entire community.
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Each day of RAK week had a different theme. Monday - RAK for people from different countries. We made paper bricks and sold them for $0.25. The bricks were posted in the hallway. The theme was "buy a brick and build a better world." Tuesday was RAK for older people. We are partnered with The Parkridge Centre, an extended care home. We provided all the materials for the students to come in during lunch to make a valentine for each of the 240 residents of the care home. On Wednesday, RAK was for someone younger. Staff and students donated gently used children's books and stuffed animals. These went to neighboring elementary schools. Thursday RAK was for someone you know. The students were provided with materials to make a card or write a letter for someone they knew to express their love, appreciation, gratitude, etc. Friday RAK was for animals and the world. Students learned about global warming and wrote a pledge of a simple thing they could do to stop global warming. The pledges were written on paper polar bears, printed on used on one side white paper. They were then posted near a polar bear display.
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Students created Earth Day posters to express ways we can show care for our planet and to spread awareness of Earth Day. We discussed our ideas which inspired our concepts for our posters. We displayed our posters on the walls of our school.
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We recycle bottles, cans, and papers every Tuesdays to help reduce the amount of waste that recyclable materials take up on the dumping fields, streets, parks, and block storm drain inlets. We see many bottles, cans, and paper that can be recycled in our schools, homes and basically everywhere. We see that the materials can reduce the amount of resources that is greatly decreased by human usage everyday. It's also a good way to make money for the club. We wanted to teach our friends, family, teachers, and classmates about the importance of recycling and that small things such as those can help reduce pollution. We wanted for them to adopt the habit of recycling so they can pass it on to others. Our classmates are more understanding and respectful about the importance of recycling and they are willing to participate. They are also excited about participating in more events similar to this.
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We see every day on the way to school, home, or anywhere that there is a lot of trash or recyclable material that is being thrown on the streets. It's not only annoying walking on a sidewalk covered with trash but it's also dangerous, too, for younger kids who walk the same path. We decided that since no one cleans the streets, we should do it because it's our community and we want to make a change to keep it safe for our younger generation. We learned that graffiti and littering are connected and that when people actually see the effects that they produce because of the trash they just throw on the streets they start being aware of the problems and they stop littering as much. Even though the street is still being littered, bit by bit people are noticing and respecting the area they live in even more.
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Classrooms are supposed to be comfortable and pleasant but in some classrooms it greatly lacks that. In some classrooms, there are no plants. We decided that to make the classrooms more lively, plants are the key to make the classroom welcoming. We would wake up 5 in the morning to buy plants in the downtown flower market. We would ask teachers to donate as much as they could for the soil, plants and pots. After we hit the target of how much plants they want in their rooms, the members are assigned a classroom to take care of the plants. Students and teachers are more relaxed and comfortable in the classrooms. It's more welcoming to the students, staff, and parents who visit the classrooms.

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