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Roots & Shoots set up a collection center for items to be donated to the local animal shelter. Santa Paws is a yearly drive organized by a resident of Long Beach, CA. It has now expanded to many other cities and states. Our school sent fliers home with students asking for donations of pet food, toys, blankets, towels, cleaning supplies, and other animal necessities. After collecting the items in a decorated can we delivered them to the animal shelter, where we were able to visit with homeless dogs and cats.
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Students wrapped 40 empty shoe boxes in holiday paper and then filled them with toiletry items such as shampoo, soap, washcloths, deodorant, shaving supplies, feminine products, toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs, chapstick and tissue. The items were donated by Roots & Shoots families. The kits were distributed by the Everprevailing Mission to homeless residents of Long Beach.
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Children constructed Christmas ornaments using craft kits provided. The ornaments were delivered by the children walking to a neighboring senior center where they sang holiday songs and visited with the residents of the center. They passed out ornaments to those seniors they met and left the remainder to be given to the residents who were bedridden and not able to hear the children sing.
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Fair Trade craft and food items from around the world were ordered from the SERVV catalog. Fliers were sent to parents at school and the dates were posted on the school calendar. Items were set up in front of the school and sold on three different days after school.
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Children made Happy Sock cat toys and braided fleece dog toys. Happy socks are old socks stuffed with fiberfill and catnip and then tied shut. The dog toys are pieces of fleece braided together and then knotted for dogs to chew and pull on. The toys were donated to the animal shelter as part of the Santa Paws collection drive.
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As a kick off for the school year, Roots & Shoots families gathered at school on a Friday evening for a community building potluck. Families were asked to bring their own reusable utensils and cups in order to reduce waste. Paper plates and napkins were composted.
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During our Fair Trade Gift Sale we also sold popcorn and took donations for Heifer International. The proceeds from the popcorn and donations totaled $103.00.
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Ing-Marie Persson the Roots & Shoots coordinator Furuvik Sweden criticized Tele2 for their advert using chimpanzees in the main roles. When she saw Tele2's advertising film where confused chimpanzees play with two balls with the writing "Small bill" and "Big bill" on them she was both angry and agitated. Instead of keeping this to herself she wrote a letter to tele2. There she reminded them of the CITES agreement which states that one must not use endangered species for commercial purposes. She received a rather cold reply but as soon as the national press gave coverage to her protest there was reaction from this giant telephone company. They telephoned me today and said that the advertising campaign was going to be withdrawn. I was so delighted and felt that one can in fact influence these large companies. Ing-Marie Persson had a long conversation with Thomas Ekman, the Sales and Marketing manager for tele2 in Sweden. It is a matter of principle that endangered species are not to be used in the interests of commerce. for Ing-Marie Persson it isn't just about the individual chimpanzee in this film but the fact that we must refuse to take any part in this illegal chimpanzee trade. After their discussion Thomas Ekman understood the seriousness of the situation and decided to withdraw this advertising campaign. He also promised to spread his newly found knowledge to other large companies that he was in contact with. He said that it was good thing if they as a firm which advertised a great deal could go out and defend the morals here. He hoped that other large companies would follow this lead. It felt a bit like Davids victory over Goliath
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August - December In cooperation with Breaking Up Walls and a number of other non-profit and for-profit organizations, we gathered donations and assembled care packages for homeless teens and tweens who live under a bridge in a barrio in South Phoenix. The care packages were assembled within pillowcases artfully decorated by our children. In addition to toiletries, snacks, clothes, and comfort items, the care packages included sleeping mats sewn from donated jeans. A few very talented moms and a grandma in our group sewed some and the children decorated them with paint handprints. From gift cards donated from local stores, a bake sale fundraiser at AZ on the Rocks (where Scottsdale's Mayor Manross stopped by), and generous donations in honor of Liam's second birthday, we raised almost $500 - enough to complete 25 care packages! On December 4th, our group went on a "Scavenger Hunt Shopping Spree" to buy the items for the care packages. What a surprise it was for the cashier to ring up three overflowing carts worth over $400 dollars! Luckily, we had 13 R&S youth members to help pack up the purchases in IKEA reusable blue bags from an IKEA grant. Over several days we helped assemble the care package items we and others had collected. In all, Breaking Up Walls assembled 329 pillowcase care packages for homeless youth - what an accomplishment! We look forward to collaborating with Breaking Up Walls on future projects to care for the homeless. (Photos on our website www.resourcesforhealth.org)
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10/5-10/6/07 10th Annual Green Building Expo This year, our second time hosting a table at the annual Green Building Expo in Scottsdale, we were accompanied by members of Liberty Wildlife Roots & Shoots. This outstanding event is as much about living green as it is about building green. At our table, we shared information about Roots & Shoots and offered activities for children including an EcoQuiz Scavenger Hunt, the Lunch Box Game, seed planting in biodegradable paper pots, face painting, building with Magic Noodles, and solar baked cookies. This year's expo included a first annual solar cookoff, and our own youth leader Sammi took second place for her dish of stuffed mushrooms and couscous. Way to go, Sammi! (photos on our website: www.resourcesforhealth.org)

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