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With the Super Bowl in town, NFL Environment is doing what they can to offset the carbon emitted during this large event. We teamed up with this organization to place recycling bins in the media center. We built and distributed 25 sets of recycle bins, one for paper, bottles and cans. The media center will be used by 3500 journalists from around the world. In addition to recycling, we are also going plant trees on local spoil islands to offset the carbon sometime in April. Miami County Day School will be housing 100 native tree seedlings until they are ready to plant.
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In November, the Roots & Shoots club conducted an assembly for the entire midddle and upper school divisions of Miami Country Day School. We presented to a total of 700 students and 60 faculty members. The purpose of the assembly was to educate the students on what a green school is. We spoke for 45 minutes focusing on ozone depletion, carbon emmisions, the importance of greeen spaces and recycling. We explained how each student can make a diffenerence. We also demonstrated what they could do to help reduce carbon, promote healthy ozone levels, and recuce paper use on campus.
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The Super Bowl is being played in Miami next weekend so there are a variety of programs being conducted preceding the event. We were able to take part in the NFL Environment campaign run by Susan and Jack Groh. Our club participated in the two week campaign to collect gently used sports equipment, board games and books for the local Boys & Girls Club. We collected 100 soccer balls, 400 chapter books and 50 board games. We took the items to the main office of the Boys and Girls Club to be distributed where needed.
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The Falls Church Roots & Shoots planted a small Native Tree Nursery at a local elementary school. We plan to use the white oak, red oak, pin oak, swampt white oak and persimmon tree seedlings this coming spring and fall in a local streamside restoration project. We are also working with our City's urban forester on this project.
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Our Falls Church Root and Shoots group made fifteen bagged lunches for the local homeless shelter
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We decided to study the animals of Africa by focusing on animals inhabiting three specific regions in Africa-- Savannas, Deserts and Rainforests. We learned about various adaptations animals have evolved and the circle of life. Additionally, we learned about threats to these creatures and what we could do to help. We completed our study of these animals with a trip to the Denver Zoo. The trip inspired the kids to raise money for the Jane Goodall Institute's Africa programs. To fundraise, the kids decided to sell drought-tolerant native wildflower seeds to friends at school. With each purchase we included a list of things people could do to help the environment and the African animals.
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We made valentines to send to children at Nicholson Elementary in Picayune, MS, who were displaced by hurricane Katrina. Out of 497 children attending the school, 103 still remain homeless today. All three grades (1, 2, and 3) did a terrific job. The third graders in our group practiced their letter writing skills. We plan to send at least 103 valentines.
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Our group got together and made about 100 cards for orphanages. A Mom in our group had a contact with someone who could help out internationally. The cards were all very warm and caring; the students really took pride in their efforts.
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As part of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network's (CCAN) "Keep Winter Cold" plunge, I jumped - along with 87 other crazy people - into the Chesapeake Bay. Before the "plunge," I emailed friends, family and co-workers to ask for pledges. We jumped into the bay on the beach of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation facility in Annapolis, Maryland. Although my feet stung for a few minutes, it wasn't as cold as I thought it would be!
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Roots & Shoots members created recycling boxes for every classroom in the school. Using boxes saved by the office (paper boxes), the students covered them with nature drawings and put the name of each individual teacher on the box. Volunteers take out the boxes each week to our school's paper recycling dumpster.

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