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We participated in an all-school assembly celebrating the United Nations International Day of Peace. We flew our giant peace dove while a photo montage of other doves flown around the world was shown. Dr. Garth Katner, Midwest Regional Coordinator for Roots and Shoots, addressed the audience and delivered a message from Dr. Goodall.
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Our group was learning about local birds and the group decided to build birdhouses for them. With the help of a local contractor the kids built eight birdhouses. They hammered and nailed the pieces together and then painted them and installed a twig to the front for the birds to sit on. The birdhouses were then installed on the trees of our local elementary school for all in the community to see.
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The case manager of the local clinic came and asked our group if we could build dog houses for some local dogs who do not have any shelter from the rain, snow and cold. With the help of a contractor we have been building dog houses in November. We will do the project a second time in December. The contractor prepared the wood and the kids have put the houses together and painted them and made them a home for a cold needy dog. The kids saw pictures of the dogs and learned about the types of wood they were using and how to make a dog house so that it is safe and comfortable for the dogs.
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We had a bake sale and right now we are still debating on what charity we would like to give it to. We are interested in a children's charity.
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We decided to do our part & participate in the national beach clean-up day on Sept. 15. We found a local event taking place at Old Woman Creek Nature Preserve. It took us almost two hour. to get there, so we left very early. Once we arrived, we put on our big boots and sturdy gloves and were assigned to an area where a house once stood. This house had been demolished and all of the contents were in this area. We dug through mud, waded in water and discovered really old artifacts. We also got the chance to see some very cool animals, like snakes, frogs and herons. This project was inspiring because we helped make an area of the reserve cleaner for the animals and the environment. This had been an area that the naturalist wanted to clean but never had the time or resources. We also learned about the effects of humans on the environment and on the water (good and bad) and about how nature responds to pollution. As a result of this project, we picked up approximately 600 lbs. of trash and debris! We were very excited to have made such a difference in such a short amount of time!
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We met members of PETA outside the Denver Coliseum to hand out flyers and comic books produced by PETA to the families and children coming to see Barnum and Bailey's circus.
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Team Leader: Sarah Bennett, Team Members: Riley Heryet, Tierney Eddey, Lizzy Vaughn, Nicole Smart, Andra Meyers, Lacey Johnson. Our main goal: To put together six boxes of Christmas presents for children in poverty all over the world. Did we achieve goal: Yes! What we did: Used money donated from local buisinesses to go shopping at the dollar tree for presents, then wrapped the presents, enclosed letters to the children and dropped them off at the local distributer. What did we learn: It's probably not as convenient or as "successful" planning projects a day in advance, but it is still possible, still fun and still rewarding
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For our project, the members looked around their house and collected slightly used towels that were still in good condition. We wanted to help the dogs, cats and other animals in a Vet Hospital be comfy! The towels also help the vet with cleaning up and drying messes. So, we took a field trip to the vet hospital after one of our meetings to donate 2 HUGE garbage bags of towels. The Vet Hospital was extremely appreciative of them!
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We arranged four projects for a local school's community service day; we included members from other schools. Some of us planted native plants in a burned area at a park in Malibu, some built enclosures for endangered tortoises at American Tortoise Rescue, and others cooked a Thanksgiving dinner for boys from a local correctional facility and served them and others the foods on Thanksgiving Day. We also provided musical entertainment that day. Our goals were to help our community and to involve as many students as possible. It was a marathon of events. It was fun and fulfilling. It was our way of saying thanks for our good fortune.
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Our goal was to learn about the endangered manatees of North America and gather enough money for our group to adopt a manatee for a year, through www.savethemanatee.org. Each child brought $1 of their own money to help pay for the adoption. We watched a video of the Reading Rainbow TV show episode about manatees and then each child voted for the manatee he/she wanted to adopt. They chose Ariel the manatee. We will receive periodical updates through the year from savethemanatee.org.

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