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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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Hands and Hearts across the Americas is a program created by Ann Miletich that makes quilts for children in Bolivian orphanages. Ms Miletich did a presentation at our school talking about life in Bolivia comparing it to the life we are accustomed to in the US. Each family then created a quilt square, putting on it what was important to them. We had about 35 families participate in the evening program and create a quilt square. These quilt squares are then sown together and turned into quilts. With the help of three parents we created 8 quilts that Ms. Miletich will then personally deliver to orphanages in Bolivia on her next visit in mid March 2007. She will take pictures of the children receiving the quilts, and send them back to our school.
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Our Falls Church Roots & Shoots group collected 115 lbs of native tree seeds for the Potomac Conservancy's Growing Native program. The seeds are sent to native tree nurseries in Virginia where they are planted, and the resulting seedlings are used for riparian (river and stream) restoration efforts throughout the Potomac river watershed. Healthy riparian habitat is critical for clean water, wildlife habitat, erosion control, and producing life-giving oxygen. This was a wonderful project for our group, kids and parents alike enjoyed collecting the seeds.
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After our Roots & Shoots group contacted the assistant to the City Manger of Lone Tree about our reusable bag project, he allowed us to present to the Lone Tree City Council. We conducted a short presentation on the need for reusable bags. At the City Council Meeting, we talked to both council members and homeowners about how paper and plastic bags are damaging to the environment. After our presentation, we were contacted by a local newspaper reporter. She interviewed us about our R&S group for an article that appeared on the front page of our local newspaper, The Lone Tree Voice.
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On two different evenings we hosted a free showing of An Inconvenient Truth as part of the Week of Action. We partnered with Campus Climate to distribute a packet of materials to support the event. Our club gave out hot chocolate for two days to promote the event on campus. We also accepted donations. To inform students, we set up display boards, newspaper stories on global warming and showed the trailer to students passing by. We also had flyers about our Roots & Shoots group. We gained five new members because of this event. A little over 50 people attended the event between the two showings. Afterwards we held a discussion about global warming and passed around a petition to send to congress.
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We held a clothing drive at our middle school to collect winter clothing for a local food pantry. We collected 35 coats, 4 scarves, 17 mittens/gloves, 23 hats, and 1 pair of snowpants.
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The OCRS Roots & Shoots group is participating in a district-wide energy conservation initiative that involves cutting down on the amount of energy we use in our schools. By turning off unused computers, monitoring heat use and using overhead lighting more discriminately in all buildings, we have lowered our KWH usage by about 2,000 watts per month as compared to last year. A report from our district's Energy Manager, Michael Deslauriers, stated that our energy savings thus far "equates to removing 101 cars from the road or planting 210 acres of trees." We will continue to participate in this conservation movement and hope to decrease our energy use even more in the coming months.

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