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We have teamed up with The Reclamation Project to help restore the area's mangroves. The project is an Eco Art project that is quite visual and telling. We are supporting the primary growth of mangrove seedlings. Mangrove seedlings are long and narrow and are generally buoyant. They float all over the globe until they find a place to grow. Mangroves are natural coastal plants in subtropical and tropical regions and are being destroyed at an alarming rate The seedlings are place in individual cups of water. Each cup is attached to a window using a clear plastic suction cup that also has a hook. There are 100 cups that are displayed in one area. The plan is to nurture the seedling until they grow their first leaves and then plant the mangroves in an area that is being restored. Pictures will follow
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This project was a bake sale designed as a fundraiser for "Tiger Tony" Liu. Inspired by the U.S. China exchange program, our group decided to try to raise money to help fund his trip to Northeastern China this year. He is an expert in disabling snare traps that catch and kill tigers and other animals. Group members baked cookies, brownies and other tasty treats to sell in front of our local grocery store. On Saturday and Sunday we set up a table to sell the baked goods for a "donation only" price for four hours each day. We handed out Roots & Shoots brochures to hundreds of people and had conversations explaining the types of projects that our group does. We learned that this kind of bake sale is a wonderful fundraiser. We didn't expect it to be such a huge success, but we were able to raise a lot of money with very little preparation needed. Donation only was definitely the way to go, because people often donated $5, $10, or even $20 to us. We were surprised to learn how many individuals in our community already knew about Roots & Shoots. Some people informed us that they were already involved with Roots & Shoots in their town. People also told us that they had heard about Roots & Shoots from the Discovery Channel's ROAR campaign.
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Our group volunteered at a no-kill animal shelter to help with feedings, changing bedding, and providing comfort and play time with the animals. We were willing to do a project revolving around animals. We also donated food and detergent, which helped the owner out a lot. We plan to keep returning to the shelter to help out with other things.
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In our town there is a creek that runs through it. We decided to help our community by picking up some of the litter that was in it. On Earth day 2007, we were having a meeting when we wanted a break. We grabbed some garbage bags and headed to the creek for some fun and soon we jumped in! We collected many items such as broken glass bottles, pipes, a chair, a ladder, and an old sign from a local pizza tavern. Now the creek is much cleaner because of us and it is safer to play in. We hope to clean it up again next year!
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I have always been a lover of animals. After moving to the DC area for an internship I felt the need to become involved in the community in some form. I am not allowed to have pets in my apartment and found myself missing being around animals. I researched pet rescues in the area and found Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation. They have adoptions every weekend at various PetSmart locations in Virginia. I have volunteered for 3 hours, for two Saturdays so far. I plan to continue volunteering every weekend I am available. It is wonderful walking the dogs around the store in hopes that you might help them find their forever homes. Many of these animals are saved from local animal shelters who are running out of room and would have to put the animals down for lack of space. Check with your local PetSmart as they support local rescues. Most have a local rescue come to their store on weekends to adopt out cats and dogs.
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"Sequoia Park Zoo's It's A Global Frenzy - A Global Awareness Day!" Sequoia Park Zoo's Chapter of Roots & Shoots invited the public to the zoo on Sunday September 23rd from 11 to 3 for their first public event, "It's a Global Frenzy." The group currently has nine members between the ages of 10 and 16 who planned their first event "It's a Global Frenzy" for Sunday September 23rd. This Global awareness day is set to coincide with International Peace Day. On this day many other Roots & Shoots groups around the globe will be putting on their own celebrations. It's a Global Frenzy will feature activity tables and games highlighting our continents and the animals that live there. Participants will have the opportunity to earn a global awareness badge for a donation of $2. This event was made possible by the support of the Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation, The City of Eureka and The Farm Store. For more information about the event or if you are interested in joining the Roots & Shoots at Sequoia Park Zoo, email roots&shoots@sequoiaparkzoo.net.
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We each wrote at least one letter to one of our state officials for animal rights. Some of us chose topics such as rain forest conservation, while others chose saving arctic wolves as the topic of their letter. We continue to receive emails of when to take action through the Defenders of Wildlife website and at least one member responds to every email asking us to write. What we found really cool was how as kids, our voices were respected by government officials. We hope to donate to this organization in the near future.
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Roots & Shoots members created a bulletin board in the school cafeteria highlighting service learning projects at our school. This was part of the National Learn & Serve Challenge Week (Sept. 17-23) which is organized by a coalition of service learning groups including Learn & Serve America. R&S members interviewed teachers in our school (4 total) about the service learning projects they have completed with their students and obtained pictures and documents as well. They then created the bulletin board. This was featured on our school announcements. The objectives (from the National Learn & Serve Challenge website) of the week were to: 1. Raise awareness of service-learning. 2. Build support for and cultivate public will to achieve the federal benchmark to engage 5 million college students in service and to ensure 50 percent of America's K-12 schools offer service-learning as part of their curricula. 3. Promote an understanding and the national identity of Learn and Serve America. 4. Maximize existing opportunities to launch and/or spotlight service-learning activities in schools and communities across the country
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Our third annual Peace Day celebration included all 750 students at our school making a pinwheel for peace which they carried in a Giant Peace Dove parade around the school grounds. Roots & Shoots members taught each class how to make the pinwheels on which students wrote their ideas about peace and hopes for peace. Students read parts of "The Peace Book" by Todd Parr aloud on the announcements throughout the week to make the idea of peace more real to students at our school. Roots & Shoots members also made peace dove sugar cookies which they sold before and after school on Peace Day. They voted to split the proceeds between the ReBirth the Earth campaign and Heifer International. They purchased 4 flocks of chickens for people in need.
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Students of my Roots and Shoots class are planning a talent show for the entire middle school and then creating posters and flyers to advertise to the entire community. Students will get to showcase talent and raise money for the local homeless shelter by charging a $5 admission and running a concessions stand. All proceeds directly benefit the Bethlehem Inn in Bend, OR.

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