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Student have set up tables, and coordinating an awareness campaign for the school's monthly All School Lunch and are hosting weeklong events and activities surrounding Be Kind to Animals Week.
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We have taken four actions to help achieve our goal. Pennies for Paws is a competition between Hillside's 5th and 6th graders. Whichever grade donates the most money, in pennies gets their choice music during their lunch period for a week. Any other coin values are subtracted from the total points earned by the grade level. This year more than $400 was raised from the competition. We also have an event called The Community Connection Collections. Our students donate items that are on a provided list from the Somerset County Animal Shelter. At the end of the collection, the class with the most donations earns a pizza party. This year more than 1200 items were collected for the shelter. We also made toys out of empty paper towel and toilet paper rolls for the animals during Martin Luther King, Jr Day of Service. Finally at our annual Forest Fest, we invited the Animal Shelter to come in with shelter pets for adoption. At our last Forest Fest, we had both dogs and cats who were able to find forever homes.
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I have included photos that I find from other sources like PETA and Vegan Alliance. I believe if people know this information they will make more informed decisions and not purchase foods with these products. Who knew that while eating Parmesan Cheese, one was actually eating a baby cow's stomach? And if we saw how badly some of our animals were being treated, it would move others to not eat them at all or at the very least fight for better care.
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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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Our goal is to help animals in our community and learn more about animals needs. We want the projects we are working on too raise awareness about the issues animals face in our community. In our class there are three groups working on projects, these include a public service announcement, a blog, and a children's book. We want to share our projects with the community to raise awareness about animal welfare.
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We are running several event programs to teach children and adults about feral cats and other domestic homeless animals and how they can help. Building outdoor houses for the feral cats. Assisting with the care for the pets to be adopted at the local shelter. Collecting donations. Reaching out and education the community at local town events
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We will have an Adopt-a-Thon in a parking lot where people can come and look at the pets. We will have a shelter helping us and letting us use the animals without homes. If people want to adopt a pet then the shelter will be right there and the people can fill out their papers and hopefully have a new pet!
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The kids will decide what action they will take.
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We believe that it is imperative for us to teach students about the importance of giving back to their community. We believe that students benefit from learning and being exposed to many different kinds of experiences and activities. It is through these activities that they find that their actions have a direct impact on themselves, their families, their community and the world. This year, students will be tasked with creating dog toys, cat toys, dog treats and bed that will be donated to our many local pet shelters. In addition, we will be holding a pet food drive with all items also donated to local shelters and rescue facilities.

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