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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.
The goal of the Teen TreeHuggers organization is to provide teens an international platform where they can make their voices heard to tackle wildlife conservation, environmental, and humanitarian issues. Teens, no matter where they come from, will have the opportunity to become journalists known as TreeHuggers. Their work can be in any artistic form, including essays, short stories, poems, music, photos, videos, animated shorts, paintings, drawings, and sculptures. One of the long-term goals of the Teen TreeHuggers organization is to create a grant fund to support TreeHuggers’ conservation events, such as a fundraiser or beach cleanup, as well as provide art supplies and other necessary resources for impoverished teens. These goals will be accomplished through various means. The organization’s galleries will first be online through the Teen TreeHuggers’ website to display our journalists’ work. However, physical locations for Teen TreeHuggers galleries, exhibitions, and shows are one of the goals in the long-term plan. This organization will also serve as an educational resource for teens through guidebooks tailored to each art form on how to best maximize the impact of their work. A guidebook on how to gain financial support will also be available so teens have greater chances of success in solving their communities’ issues and hosting conservation events. The organization’s website will also have a calendar available to members containing TreeHugger-led conservation events as well as a public calendar with conservation events held by other organizations. Another long-term goal is to create chatrooms on the website where teens can host and attend brainstorming sessions to connect and collaborate with their fellow TreeHuggers. There will be a small membership fee to become a TreeHugger in order to have a sense of commitment from the teen as well as to cover costs. However, the grant fund will also include the opportunity for teens to apply for free membership. The Teen TreeHuggers organization will be sustained through grants as well as business sponsorships.
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We will occupy a booth at the local Earth Day Festival. We will create a PLINKO game to draw young children and other guests to our booth. Once the guests play our game, they will also get an activity book that we have created. The activity book will have fun and educational activities about saving the environment, recycling, and about Earth Day. We will also purchase globe keychains and globe punch ball balloons to give away as prizes.
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"UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." ~Lorax
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We will go out and mow yards for the elderly and disabled within our community. We will visit the elderly that have yards outgrown and we will clean their yards for them. This funding will help us purchase one of the lawn mowers that we need.
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We will create artwork and flyers to display and hand out at local environmental events, our public library, and community youth programs. These efforts will be supplemented by service work through the city and county park systems where we will encourage others to join us to help protect and preserve wildlife in Lakewood, Colorado.
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Out project will allow people who would normally not be able to see in great detail different stars or constellations have that opportunity. We will do this by having a few ipass with an app that shows the different constellations and where they are located in the sky. We will also have the Lacrosse Area Astrology group come and talk about the telescopes and teach people the basics of how to operate a telescope.

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