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In the Fall of 2006, I had been trying to "get into" the New Milford, Connecticut School System to give a R&S presentation to teachers. I was finally accepted to do a 3 hour presentation on March 28, 2007, which was during an In-service Program, or Teachers' Workshop. I am "attached to the WCSU R&S group, so I asked for help and was then joined by two R&S members from WCSU's R&S program, Zach Storey and Nina Martin, Jeannie Dewan from Rhinebeck, New York and David Chase, a member of the Youth Leadership Council from the Boston Region. Jeannie's program was Jane Goodall's background, mine was my experiences with R&S in Dar es Salaam in Jan, Feb, and March of 2005 with Erasto Njavike preparing for International R&S Day 2/25/05, David talked about Youth Leadership and involvement with R&S, and Nina and Zach talked about R&S projects.
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We organized and implemented a community-wide Earth Day event! The event was free to the public. We recruited local organizations and businesses to come and raise awareness of earth friendly living ideas and local ecology. Many school organizations volunteered where needed and we were able to get some great PR through our local newspapers and radio station for no additional cost. Be prepared for bad weather! Turnout to our event was great despite the constant rain.
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We have worked on this campaign for two years now. This year, we started by giving a presentation to the entire school (grades 8-12 , 800 people) about what a green school is. We emphasized four areas on our campus where we believe we can make a difference - reducing carbon emissions and ozone levels, the reduction of Styrofoam use on campus, being sun wise, reducing our lunchtime garbage and recycling paper. We continued the year with our paper recycling program although we ran into a few glitches with our recycling provider. We have to contract out since we are a private school. We hosted an evening showing of An Inconvenient Truth and planted trees to offset our carbon use. We will end the year with a program we call "Students Supplying Students" an end of the year exchange of books and unused items. This program was started by our group two years ago and is now a school wide mandate. Any items not taken we will take with us to Guatemala in June (we are traveling to work with Safe Passage and items will be given to the Guatemala City children who live in the city dump).
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This is the second year that we have collected single lonely socks from the community and reused them by making toys for cats. The socks are stuffed with fluffy filling and catnip. The ends are then sewn shut. We take the socks to the local Humane Society chapter here in North Miami. Cats love them! This year we made 100 toys. The kids had fun delivering them to the shelter.
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We tried to sell Endangered Species chocolate bars but the company changed the formula and our students didn't like the bars. We brainstormed about what to do with all of the left over chocolate and decided to chop up the bars and put them into cookies. We are slowly using up all of the bars and are finally pulling out of debt. We are making a donation to the Wildlife Care Center of Broward County which rehabilitates injured wild animals. We will also be supporting the tree campaign of Roots & Shoots with any left over funds.
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We made reusable bags from old t-shirts, and wrote messages about peace and saving the environment on them. Then we sold them after a church service. They sold out before everyone got one. It was a great success! For directions on how to make them please e-mail our group!
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About once a month we ask members from our church community to donate a pot of soup or a bowl of salad and then we sell them after church services. The money we collect ranges from 150.00 dollars to 50.00 dollars, we usually donate that money to a charity of our choice such as an animal shelter, Heifer International, Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Sanctuary and others.
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We made Happy Socks for local shelter cats. We collected old socks that were no longer wanted and fabric scraps. We purchased dried catnip. To make a Happy Sock, you stuff the sock with fabric scraps, add a teaspoon of catnip, and tie a knot at the top. At our meeting, each group member made 10 Happy Socks. We took those 30 socks to our local Humane Society, had a tour, and gave the cats their socks (they go home with cats when they get adopted). Then, at a local Earth Day Celebration, we asked the general public to each make a Happy Sock. We donated those 86 socks to our local county-run animal shelter.
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We staffed a table at a local Earth Day Celebration. We made 2 tri-fold boards - one about our group and its past projects - one about our special Earth Day Projects. We planned to use the proceeds to plant native trees in our county. Special Projects: 1) We asked people to pledge to make one day each week car-free (9) 2) We asked for sponsors for the Re-Birth the Earth campaign (none) 3) We invited people to make Happy Socks - catnip toys for shelter cats (86) . We sold a few items left over from past projects - a wooden birdhouse for easter bluebirds and a mobile made of recycled items picked up at a beach cleanup. We also mixed up bottles of lavender spray as an example of green cleaning and sold them.
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This project is actually solitary. However, my eight-year old brother is helping me in my project. Our goal is to take pictures, film and record as many different birds as possible to see if birds in number, quantity and type have gone down in recent months do to altering weather patterns and deforestation. Also, I will be taking pictures of the surrounding nature. Our group as a whole will start the tree campaign next week.

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