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Our group collected donations and adopted an animal at The Living Desert in Palm Desert, CA. Throughout the year we will involve the children and adults in planning and holding fund raisers. Our group's goals are to continue to support the endangered wild cat from Africa we adopted in March, and to raise the funds to adopt a red-tailed hawk in September. To continue to raise funds the group has suggested: holding a yard sale, having collection cans, holding a bake sale, and/or hosting a lemonade stand. Some adults have pledged to match funds donated by their children.
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Earth Hawks Roots & Shoots donated their time and muscle to the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy. We participated in the stream bank stabilization project. In December 2006, a 350 foot section of the Ventura River bank was secured with seven trenches that were each planted with thousands of willows so as to protect the bank by deflecting storm flows and capturing sediment for further bank protection. Today, we weeded around the willow plantings to allow them space to grow.
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Our group sold greeting cards made out of recycled paper. The extremely neat thing about these cards is that they also have flower seeds embedded in them. The recipient can moisten the cards then plant them for a lasting memento of the sentiment The money we raised will be used to create our campus Monarch Waystation and help our PTO to certify our campus as a Wild School through project Wild in Ohio.
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Our group is made up of homeschool kids and their mamas. Between park days, and field trips, each family packs lunches 4-5 times a week. Recently our group switched to all reusable products! Many of us purchased the stainless steel lunch kits from www.reusablebags.com and www.greenfeet.com, others opted for glass and/or metal containers, and one bought an actual tiffin from Little India. For sandwiches a few families have purchased the sandwich wraps from www.reusablebags.com, but the rest of us stuff them into the lunch kits. The way we drool over their wraps makes me sure we'll all eventually buy our own. Snacks get put into lunch kits, little containers, and sometimes wrapped in fabric napkins. For utensils we have families who use their home silverware, some who use the beautiful bamboo sets from www.reusablebags.com, and one family who cleverly bought camping utensils. Lastly, every family has bought the Kleen Kanteens for water; together we've got all the sizes represented (including a baby brother with his teeny Kanteen, sporting a sippy lid!) As for carrying all of the above? Cloth bags and eco-friendly coolers of course! The children loved picking everything out, and learning why we were making the switch. They've loved showing their items to each other, and to friends not in our group. I'm proud to say we've inspired many in our larger home school community to make the switch!! We're working on bringing empty food containers with us all the time, so we can put restaurant leftovers in them instead of containers to toss in the trash.
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We are teaming with the Kids Against Hunger organization to do a one-day food packaging event at our school on April 16, 2007. Kids Against Hunger will deliver all the materials needed to do the food packaging to our school. K-8 students will package the food and then Kids Against Hunger will distribute domestically and overseas. We set a goal of packaging 36,000 servings on April 16th. Our goal has required us to raise about $8500 for transportation and materials. We started raising funds in September 2006. Each student in the school was given a plastic bottle in which to save funds. Students periodically bring the bottles to school so the money can be counted. We have barometers set up around the school to keep track of our progress. We have raised $8100 as of this date.
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After a ranger presentation about sharing the trail with snakes of the Sonoran Desert, we hiked along a trail and cleaned up all the trash we could find. A fun activity for all ages!
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At an annual statewide home education conference held at Arizona State University, we requested extra recycling bins from the university and created signs that read "Please recycle cans and plastic bottles!" The children placed these signs strategically around the building, especially near all the regular trash cans in each classroom we were occupying. At the end of each day, they collected abandoned water bottles, emptied the water out, and recycled them. Some ASU students, who were volunteering for the conference, really liked the recycling signs and suggested that we leave them up past the end of the conference as a reminder to the college students! Our group, along with two other Arizona homeschool R&S groups, also provided information about Roots & Shoots at an informational table.
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Founding group member, Mikal decided to celebrate his eight birthday with a re-vegetation project at Papago Park. Mikal is so enthusiastic about re-vegetation projects, that he asked for a pick-ax for his birthday present, which came in very handy for this project! City of Phoenix Park rangers instructed Mikal and about 25 group members in the removal of invasive buffelgrass. It was hard work in hot temperatures, but when we were done, there were bags full of these invasive weeds, and native cacti in their places that the group planted. In Mikal's words: "I picked the re-vegetation project for my birthday because I like to plant and dig. I've been to re-vegetation projects before at Papago Park, Lost Dog Wash Trail, and Pinnacle Peak Park, and I hope that I can do it again on my next birthday." We wrapped up the celebration with pizza provided by Streets of New York and cake.
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Our family group participated in a event in the Serralada Litoral Park, near Barcelona city. There we performed some educative activities such as: constructing toys with recycled materials and planting trees seeds.
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Our family group visited the springs of one of Catalonia's biggest river, "Llobregat". The road back to home in Barcelona follows exactly the river course, so we could show, teach and raise awareness about: 1) how clean the water appears the coming from the spring and the difference after the river leaves the town 2) quantity of water and how much is needed for the fish 3) what happens after the water goes to the cleaning plant 4) why we can drink spring water but not the water down the river 5) what happens to the water when arriving to the sea

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