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Our project will plant native trees. We will also educate the school on the importance of trees to our environment. We will have a school presentation and plant trees around our school campus.
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Students will be adopting the median out front of our school to develop a native plant garden and habitat for bees. This will be a learning space for the school and local community serving to engage them in experiencing the advantages of native species and the need for bee habitats.
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To create a garden that provides a peaceful place for teachers to retreat to and diverse plants for creatures to live in. The large conference table will also be a place for Roots & Shoots members to meet. We will get approval from our principal to take on this project, get donations of succulents, prep the garden area, and grow a garden over a 3-month period.
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Our project will remove invasive plants, plant native growth, maintain existing trails, and create new trails utilizing the Volunteen force from Zoo Atlanta. By doing so, Fernbank Forest, the last real undisturbed old-growth forest in Atlanta, will be reopened to the public and the community can again enjoy and revel in nature.
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At the start of the year, many of my students refused to work outside of their social groups in the garden. It was a touching transition to see them unite for a common cause after they completed the community map. The students decided to have a fund raiser on parent teacher night to purchase a Japanese Maple tree, and with my guidance, organized themselves into groups. Some students advertised the event, while others created a tri-fold presentation, organized the tables, prepared yogurt parfaits and fruit cups, and sold the food. While the project was started by my Period 2 students, we invited the Period 5 students to help sell the food at the event. Over twenty of my students participated, and at the end of the night, they ran into my classroom with huge smiles and a bucket of money. The classroom environment felt more united after that experience. In one reflection a girl wrote, “At first I didn't think that planting tres in this area was an important as I do now. Now I think every class or school should be doing this." Another student wrote, “"We chose this project because trees are the foundation of everything around us. We knew that if we wanted to fix some of the main issues we see in our community, we had to start with trees because then everything else would fall into place. At first we wanted to just plant more trees for oxygen considering the amount of cars that pass by our community. Then, as we kept talking and sharing out ideas, we realized that we wanted to get parents, teachers and friends involved, which is how our ideas have changed."
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Job Descriptions that seem to fit: *Supervise, manage and perform work in conservation. *Demonstration of "crafts". We will let the city know that park rangers work in urban, suburban, and rural areas. We found out that to apply, applicants should "contact the appropriate office having jurisdiction over the area of interest to inquire about vacant positions" so we will contact the direction of city recreation, Todd McCoy.
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Our project will give the children the experience of buying the seeds, planting the seeds, and caring for the garden as it grows. Measuring the plants, charting the growth of the plants, and determining when to harvest the plants. All hands on experience, done daily. The teachers will brainstorm with the children and discuss with them what kind of vegetables they would like to grow. We will bring the children to the nursery and start our gardening project.
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The idea consists of students and parents in our school getting together to plant. We first need to buy the trees then assign trees for each advisory or homeroom to plant. The goal is not only to plant trees but to inform and inspire other schools and kids to plant in their schools and houses. By are school doing a planting project surrounding schools can follow and add to the common goal of bettering the environment. Our school also belongs to a network and I believe that if we begin this project in LPS Hayward, LPS San Jose, Oakland and Richmond will follow. Students will also be informed of the benefits of tree planting and how it has a positive effect in preventing global warming. This project will not only beautify our school but create awareness and give students greener ideas to continue applying in their lives.
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I would like the kids to get involved in making my school clean and pleasant to go to every day.
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The custodian is working with the energy department at how to get more efficient LED lighting. In 5 years our district pays $10,000 to light this stair-well. If we had LED lighting we could cut our bill in 1/2. The graphic design class is going to make graphic pictures to decorate the stairwell. We also want to remind students to take the stair well because of the health benefits. The stair well will give students an area to display their graphic designs. Since we can't hang pictures because of the fire codes, the laminate would work in the stairwell. We need funding for the laminate so we can beautify our stair well.

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