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We helped the State Parks teach kids about whales and how to keep the ocean healthy at the annual festival at Sycamore Cove. We worked at various crafts booths, in particular face painting and animal tattoos. We helped kids answer questions about sea life in their "passports". We also helped at the climbing wall, and we had a booth that helped visitors learn how to recycle various electrical devices.
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We had our group view the movie Flicka. The next day, the kids develop a poster by drawing an animal and writing what that animal needed to be healthy, happy and safe. We discussed the posters and about the needs of animals. We then played a game where the kids had a plate of fruits and vegetables (real ones that we cut up for them). We asked them various questions about the items and they were awarded points. The group winner got to have ranch dressing with their veggies. It was an enjoyable 3 groups for us and them.
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Our group met in March to complete a variety of projects. The students painted nesting boxes to place around our school campus. They created bird feeders using pine cones, peanut butter, and bird seed which they hung all over the campus. They emptied recycling boxes and weighed food for the March Harvest For Hunger Campaign, of which our Roots & Shoots group is a sponsor. So far, we have collected over 1,000 pounds of food!
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We met with the Port Tobacco River Conservancy's outreach coordinator for a morning of discussion and action. We learned about watersheds. Then, we pretended to be land and let droplets move towards the ocean (our feet). We talked about water and why access clean water is important. We used a water testing kit to test the factors: temperature, pH, turbidity, oxygen saturation and amounts of nitrates and phosphates. The name of the kit is LaMotte® GREEN Basic Water Monitoring Kit (about $32 for 10 tests for each factor).
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This was a 3 part project. Part 1: We learned about the idea of simplicity--not having more than you really need. We looked at the photos in the book Material World and compared the US with Mali. Next we listed all the kinds of shoes the group had as a whole (slippers, snow boots, sandals, biking shoes, etc.). We talked about all the kids around the world who have only 1 pair of shoes or none at all. Part 2: The group members lived out of a pillowcase for 1 week. Parents provided them food and furniture, but everything else had to fit into the pillowcase. They had to select clothing, books, toys, dishes, etc. to use for the week! Part 3: Kids sorted through their belongings and selected some of their own new and used toys (in good condition) to donate to the pediatric ward at our local hospital. Now kids who are hospitalized will have some craft activities and toys to play with.
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Protectors built their own battery cells from pennies, salty paper towels and aluminum foil. We discussed the differences between their homemade batteries and commerically available batteries. The environmental importance of proper battery disposal and recycling were discussed. Each family found their own special place to store used or dead batteries so they make it to the recycling center instead of the trash.
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We did our second beach cleanup at Chapel Point State Park. This time, DNR workers disposed of the trash and recycling we collected for us.
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The Davie chapter of Roots & Shoots made over 100 Happy Socks for the animals at the Broward County Humane Society. In addition, we collected towels and ping pong balls for the shelter. The ping pong balls are for the cats.
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Our chapter made over 25 baskets for the disabled members of the Schott Community Center. We will be distributing them on 3/25/07. These traditional baskets were made for those less fortunate and include a personal Easter message from our Roots & Shoots group.
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On March 7, 2007, Roots & Shoots Home-Schoolers cleaned up litter along the creek and walking trails at Chisenhall Park in Burleson, Texas. Five bags of trash, car parts and a battery were collected by nineteen participants -- twelve youth and seven adults. The clean-up was followed by lunch and an afternoon of fun at Chisenhall Park.

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