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We are selling ChicoBags, which are reusable nylon shopping bags that tuck into their own self-attached pouch. We want to eliminate as much use of plastic and paper bag consumption as possible. Proceeds will go towards paying for our fifth grade environmental field trip to Pigeon Point Light House in Pescadero, California.
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We spoke to the local Boys & Girls Club's Family Resource center and identified a family that could use some extra help buying Christmas gifts for their children. We received a list of all family members with their ages, clothing sizes etc., and divided the list among the members of our Roots & Shoots group. Each of our member's families did thier own Christmas shopping for the Boys & Girls Club family and donated the wrapped items all together to brighten the family's holiday.
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Our members collected bottles and cans to recycle with the help of their families and friends. Collected items were then taken to a local recycling center, where they were deposited for a cash refund. Our goal was to raise $100 in order to adopt a chimp through the Jane Goodall Institute website. Money from recycling was collected at each meeting and saved by the group leader. Recycling was ongoing from April through the summer in 2006. In September, the group leader contacted the Jane Goodall Institute and adopted the chimp in the name of South Bay Roots & Shoots. We received our certificate, Baluku's information and additional literature a few weeks later.
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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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