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As my ongoing Roots & Shoots project for the environment, I have chosen to help care for Wildflower Nature Center to keep it beautiful and clean, so that the children and animals can enjoy being here as much as I do. Wildflower Nature Center is a place where children come to heal and grow with nature all around them. There is a pond and a stream, many trees, plants and wildflowers. The animals that live here include deer, racoons, foxes, squirrels, birds, turtles, ducks, fish, frogs, bats, dragonflies and other insects. There is also a llama named Ringo who visits often and a donkey named Kato who lives next door. Wildflower Nature Center is in the city so it is especially important that we have this space for children and animals to be in nature.
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I spent January 14 to 30 in the village of Pommern, Tanzania, with Global Volunteers. Our group was painting the library and team-teaching in the Private Pommern Secondary School. I was bound and determined to start a R&S group. I was able to pass out the large handful of brochures I had, in Swahili! About a dozen very eager and enthusiastic students came to the first meeting where I promised them help. Already, I have heard from R&S personnel in Dar and it seems that volunteers in Iringa will contact this group.
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On Friday Feb 2,2007 the entire population of Sarah Noble Intermediate School (approx. 1200 students in grades 4,5,&6; faculty, administrators, and paraeducators) spent 30 minutes at the end of the school day to create Valentine cards for children who are spending time in nearby Connecticut hospitals. While everyone was coloring, cutting and composing lines for their cards, our reading specialist read the book, "Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch" by Eileen Spinelli, over the PA system. The finished cards were collected; some were attached to stuffed animals of all sizes donated by staff members. The cards and "animals" were delivered to New Milford Hospital, Newington Children's Hospital, Yale New Haven Hospital, and Danbury Hospital.
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We met with a group of homeschooling friends and made valentines to be delivered to an adult-care facility.
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We designed the Giving Tree to collect donations for local animals in shelters and local families in need (via the Medford Family Network and DSS). We hung tag-like ornaments on decorative trees. On each tag was a wish list item from local animal shelters and from the Medford Family Network. We chose to do both so that people could choose which cause to donate to. We left the trees in high traffic areas within the school. People could choose which tag they wanted, and then drop off the item at the school. Overall, we collected 6 boxes of items for two local shelters, and items to help out 35 local kids in need.
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At Christmas and also for Valentine's Day, our group is hosting Fair Trade Gift Sales featuring items from Africa, South America, Asia, and the U.S. All of the items we sell are certified fair trade. By purchasing these handicraft items we are promoting a more eqitable livelihood for some of the world's poorest people. We sold chocolate, tea, candles, ornaments, jewelry, baskets, and other handicraft items. Although by selling fair trade items we were able to make a profit of 20%, this was not the primary motivation for the sale. We are hoping to raise awareness of Fair Trade items and encourage people to be aware of others' circumstances.
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Our group made placemat size valentines for the residents of a local senior citizens home. The size enables the valentines to be used for table decorations or on trays for those unable to eat in the dining room of the facility. Students used colored paper, crayons and heart stickers to make the Valentine's Day project. The valentines were then delivered by several of our members accompanied by their mothers.
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Hands and Hearts across the Americas is a program created by Ann Miletich that makes quilts for children in Bolivian orphanages. Ms Miletich did a presentation at our school talking about life in Bolivia comparing it to the life we are accustomed to in the US. Each family then created a quilt square, putting on it what was important to them. We had about 35 families participate in the evening program and create a quilt square. These quilt squares are then sown together and turned into quilts. With the help of three parents we created 8 quilts that Ms. Miletich will then personally deliver to orphanages in Bolivia on her next visit in mid March 2007. She will take pictures of the children receiving the quilts, and send them back to our school.
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Our Falls Church Roots & Shoots group collected 115 lbs of native tree seeds for the Potomac Conservancy's Growing Native program. The seeds are sent to native tree nurseries in Virginia where they are planted, and the resulting seedlings are used for riparian (river and stream) restoration efforts throughout the Potomac river watershed. Healthy riparian habitat is critical for clean water, wildlife habitat, erosion control, and producing life-giving oxygen. This was a wonderful project for our group, kids and parents alike enjoyed collecting the seeds.
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After our Roots & Shoots group contacted the assistant to the City Manger of Lone Tree about our reusable bag project, he allowed us to present to the Lone Tree City Council. We conducted a short presentation on the need for reusable bags. At the City Council Meeting, we talked to both council members and homeowners about how paper and plastic bags are damaging to the environment. After our presentation, we were contacted by a local newspaper reporter. She interviewed us about our R&S group for an article that appeared on the front page of our local newspaper, The Lone Tree Voice.

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