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We gathered one afternoon to make pine cone bird feeders. The kids covered their pine cones with peanut butter and then rolled them in bird seed. The cones were then hung from a tree in our backyards for birds.
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We wanted to help brighten the spirits of those less fortunate than us. We thereby decided to select a paper ornament from the Senior Giving Tree at our local Wal-Mart. The kids selected an woman with interests similar to our own (crafts, nature, etc.) and enjoyed shopping for special gifts for her.
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We babysat for the parents of our church so that they could go Christmas shopping and had many Panda Miti-like activities.
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Roots & Students led a campaign to encourage students at Los Cerritos Elementary School to trick or treat for UNICEF. Students passed out boxes to their friends and classmates and the librarian showed the UNICEF video to selected classes during their library visits. Roots & Shoots helped with a preliminary count of the money.
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Roots & Shoots students walked to a neighboring senior center after school. They wore Halloween costumes and brought a portion of their Halloween candy to share. At the center they sang Halloween songs, visited with seniors, and distributed candy.
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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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