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We will promote our day of action by advertising it on our web page, and will create posters advertising the event. We will purchase plants and plant them in our garden. We will also pick up trash around our school and in the park across from the school. We will sort the trash into the correct recyclable categories, bag each category and send them off to be recycled. We will use this project as a service learning activity where students will learn valuable information about how to correctly plant and landscape a garden, as well as, learn why a clean environment is so important.
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To start we assessed our school to where or what needed the most help. We educated ourselves about the proper ways to recycle and what can be recycled. We looked to see where garbage was collecting and if there were garbage and recycling bins around. We also put up recycling signs that let people know what they could or could not recycle. We put signs around the school that invited people to our All School Clean Up. After school we walked around the playground and cleaned the garbage and sorted them into the correct recyclable categories. We had garbage bags, recycling bin, plastic gloves to help us pick up garbage. We also wrote a grant to try to get a recycling bin on the playground. And eventually we would like to plant a tree on our freshly cleaned playground.
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We put signs around the school that invited people to our All School Clean Up. After school we walked around the playground and cleaned the garbage and sorted them into the correct recyclable categories. We had garbage bags, recycling bin, plastic gloves to help us pick up garbage.
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Our project will help lesson or hopefully eliminate trash on our nature trail by offering reminders through signs we make and place on the trail. We will also make it easier for people to recycle their trash when they're visiting the trail by adding a recycling bin.
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To kick off Spartan Service, we have developed a week of activities in which all 1100 of our high school students will have an opportunity to participate in. - Monday - With Meals of Hope, we will package 50,000 meals that will be donated to our local food bank. All students will have an opportunity to package meals that morning. Each meal is balanced, nutritious, and shelf-stable for up to 2 years. - Tuesday - We will send students to serve at our four feeder elementary schools. This will enable our high school students to give back to their former school and set an example to current elementary students for what to expect with service when they get to high school. Activities will vary at each school, but will include reading to students, cleaning up a nature trail, organizing teaching materials, painting murals on walls, and much more. - Wednesday, we will have over 700 students working to clean up our high school and middle school campuses. Students will be working in small teams on a variety of tasks: pressure washing, painting our fence, cleaning, laying pine straw, planting flowers, etc. - Thursday, all English classes will have students write at least two letters to military men and women to say Thank You for your service to our country. Letters will be delivered to service people over Thanksgiving when they are not able to be at home with their families. - Friday will conclude with a pep rally highlighting our students hard work and a keynote speaker from Chick-fil-A talking about the value of service. After our Spartan Service week, we will help students to begin tracking and reflecting on their service hours. Moving forward, we will have a calendar online that increases awareness of on-going service opportunities in our community with an easy way to sign up to participate.
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At the end of last year, a small group of sixth-grade students began to develop their Litter Free Landscape campaign. The goal of the campaign is to greatly reduce or rid our campus of trash. Fed up with the amount of litter on campus, students decided something needed to be done. They performed a trash audit, finding that a majority of the trash was packaging from students' snacks and lunches. Our group, EarthSavers, now consists of sixth and seventh grade students. They have begun advertising the campaign by having students and teachers sign a pledge to keep the campus clean. Students would like to have banners made that make the campaign visible. They are writing PSA's that can be performed during the morning announcements and on the student news channel, KSNC. They are also developing games and incentive programs for classrooms to encourage participation in the campaign. The group is working with representatives from GenerationEarth and Grades of Green and is organizing a school wide assembly to encourage all school members to bring waste free lunches. These groups will help our students design a recycling and composting plan, and we are hoping that they will be able to help us obtain covered trashcans. One of the group's future goals is to reduce the waste created by the cafeteria and after school program meal programs. We will know our campaign is successful by observing a reduction in the amount of trash found on campus grounds. Students conduct another waste audit in November to collect data on the amount of trash found in different areas of campus. They can compare this data to that of another audit to be completed in May 2017. Students will also create a campus survey to see if students and staff have noticed a difference and if their habits have changed.
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Our yearly invasion of Heal the Bay's outstanding Coastal Cleanup endeavor teaches our kids that you can make a difference and empowers them to take action on causes close to their heart, which is a Roots and Shoots mantra. We also use this early fall event to kick off our year-long campaign about environmental education. This day is an integral part of that.
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We will continue with our current programs but add cell phone recycling by using the Jane Goodall Institute' s cell phone recycling campaign. We will also measure our landfill diversion impact by doing a waste audit in the spring.
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We like to spread out awareness in our school, we want people to join us, we meet every week and talk about what changes can we do in order to have a better world. We make events where students walk, bike, or carpool to school in order to spread out awareness, if they accomplish it for 3 days, they can watch a movie at our school for free. Also when students don't eat their fruits, The Green club comes around and takes them, why throw them away, also we recycle milk carts since many are wasted, we dump the leftover milk and recycle the milk carts.
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Our project will allow teachers to present science lessons in an outdoor setting and focus on real hands-on science activities. Students will become engaged with next generation science standards that will allow them to use the science and engineering practices. I have involved several people from our community to help make this happen, including our plant manager and our new school principal. Our Friends of Nature Club has been working diligently to plan out all the necessary materials and supplies that we will need to open our site early Spring 2017. We also the Tree People support who will guide us along the way.

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