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We started by brainstorming ideas that we felt would be interesting projects that would address specific needs of our local community. We had a lot of good ideas and really wanted to help out at the local animal shelter. At first, we thought we would visit a local shelter and volunteer. However, after researching that option, we realized it was not possible. So we took up our second favorite project idea, which was to improve the outdoor learning center at our school. We have benches there (unpainted) and a shade tree, but it needed care and attention. We decided to paint the benches and someone suggested that we add hand prints. After thinking about it a little longer, we realized we could raise money by asking students to donate $1 to add their handprint to the benches. We could then use that money as a donation to our local animal shelter. Right now, the benches are painted and we are creating signs to add to the space to inform people of it's purpose as well as educate them about the International NGO Roots and Shoots! Next steps will be to put the signs in place, add our own handprints and then collect donations and handprints! We are excited to have a place at our school where other kids can "Pause 4 Paws"!
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The Tom McCall Roots&Shoots group has planned to take 3 field trips to Nana Cardoon Urban Farm and Learning Center. Our primary objective would be to explore and have “hands on” experience with natural food systems. Nana Cardoon offers a rich environment for developing understanding of plant growth, harvest, processing, preservation, and preparation. A secondary objective would be developing deeper connections to our community and its assets. Expanding our understanding of Forest Grove will help us develop meaningful community projects.
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Students will research composting, create education materials to share and create a compost collection bin for food waste.
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Students will research composting, create education materials to share and create a compost collection bin for food waste.
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El proyecto tiene como objetivo la construcción de una biblioteca con material reciclado, con donación de libros y la integración de la comunidad en la elaboración del espacio de recreación que también incluye espacios verdes, esto se realizará en una escuela rural en la Ciudad de Loja en el cantón Loja.
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The leaders for this session gathered clay, soil, and native seeds. Each member got to form about 8-10 seed balls from the materials. One of the leaders reminded us all when we should throw our seed balls (after the first frost). We then got to each choose a local location that we thought would be a good spot for the native plant seeds. We hope that the seeds will grow into plants that will help sustain a positive ecosystem in our city, especially supporting bees and other pollinators to do their important work.
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Our project will involve gardening, group reading, playing games and making crafts. We will bring our materials to the senior center and we will work to build community through these fun activities.
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We began by mapping our community and discussing perceived problems within our community. We discovered that there are a lot of resources to connect humans to other humans and even humans to the environment, but not a whole lot to connect humans with other species of animals. In our weekly meetings, we often meditate on our feelings to cultivation compassion within and empathy for others. Almost every week we hear from each other how animals bring us such joy. When mapping we saw that a lot of animals in our community were farm animals- used for their product and not for their companionship. We would like to raise awareness that all animals have feelings and can be part of the club when it comes to sharing love and joy. A message we would like to convey is that the language of love translates across all perceived barriers: religion, ethnicity, culture, race, gender, and even species. We have been learning about permaculture techniques and decided to apply them to a yard space that we have available to use. We mapped out the yard space and will build a chicken coop and pallet fence. We plan to plant raised bed gardens and a spiral herb garden. In this project, the children emphasized that they only wanted the chickens to be pets and not raised as a commodity. We will donate the eggs they lay to the local food shelf. In this way, animals and humans are connected in a humane way. The children also noted that humans and animals are connected through loving interaction; by holding and petting the chickens. They love them! We hope to grow lots of vegetables and fruit to donate to the food shelf as well. The chickens will keep the bug population in check so we have a high yield from our crops. The children will be hosting informational workshops throughout the summer to educate the community on small scale organic homesteading. They have applied the permaculture techniques which work in harmony with nature and hope to spread these concepts. We will know that campaign is successful when community members and organizations around town recognize the "Hero's Journey Club" and ask us to participate in their program or next event. We will document our findings with photos, video, and written articles or quotes. We aim to present and celebrate our success in early June during the Children's Flower Ceremony.
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This project will foster community involvement to add more value and vegetation to an underutilized lot. This can educate local residents about what type of plant species there are and provide an opportunity to be outside. This community garden can improve the landscape, support health and wellness, and community relations.
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With this Roots and Shoots grant, we will be able to provide critical care to 6 Watsonville area public schools. These school orchards serve a combined 5,000 students in grades K-12. With proper seasonal care, the fruit trees in these orchards will bear fruit for up to 100 years. This grant will go towards funding seasonal care visits, where experienced staff members will prune, fertilize, check the irrigation system, and make sure these school orchards are healthy so that they are able to produce the maximum amount of fruit possible! During these care visits we will also engage students from each school in environmental leadership curriculum, helping to create the next generation of youth leaders and environmental stewards.

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