- Get plants - Foster community participation - Find a place to plant - Ensure the good of the plants - foster good eating habits
Students will have demonstrations on how build bird houses, how to prepare easy and healthy snacks at home, and how to grow a spider plant from seed. Students from Van Arsdale Campus will be able to take home these bird boxes, plants, and snacks. Students will also issue a survey on the cafeteria food to determine the favorite and least favorite food options on the school menu. The survey results will be shared with the chefs of SchoolFoods, which is the school's lunch vendor.
At the start of the year, many of my students refused to work outside of their social groups in the garden. It was a touching transition to see them unite for a common cause after they completed the community map. The students decided to have a fund raiser on parent teacher night to purchase a Japanese Maple tree, and with my guidance, organized themselves into groups. Some students advertised the event, while others created a tri-fold presentation, organized the tables, prepared yogurt parfaits and fruit cups, and sold the food. While the project was started by my Period 2 students, we invited the Period 5 students to help sell the food at the event. Over twenty of my students participated, and at the end of the night, they ran into my classroom with huge smiles and a bucket of money. The classroom environment felt more united after that experience. In one reflection a girl wrote, “At first I didn't think that planting tres in this area was an important as I do now. Now I think every class or school should be doing this." Another student wrote, “"We chose this project because trees are the foundation of everything around us. We knew that if we wanted to fix some of the main issues we see in our community, we had to start with trees because then everything else would fall into place. At first we wanted to just plant more trees for oxygen considering the amount of cars that pass by our community. Then, as we kept talking and sharing out ideas, we realized that we wanted to get parents, teachers and friends involved, which is how our ideas have changed."
Here in Argentina, there is a children's hospital that collects bottle for earning money.
Our project will give the children the experience of buying the seeds, planting the seeds, and caring for the garden as it grows. Measuring the plants, charting the growth of the plants, and determining when to harvest the plants. All hands on experience, done daily. The teachers will brainstorm with the children and discuss with them what kind of vegetables they would like to grow. We will bring the children to the nursery and start our gardening project.
The custodian is working with the energy department at how to get more efficient LED lighting. In 5 years our district pays $10,000 to light this stair-well. If we had LED lighting we could cut our bill in 1/2. The graphic design class is going to make graphic pictures to decorate the stairwell. We also want to remind students to take the stair well because of the health benefits. The stair well will give students an area to display their graphic designs. Since we can't hang pictures because of the fire codes, the laminate would work in the stairwell. We need funding for the laminate so we can beautify our stair well.
I am an EA in my own children's school. I will start a school club to bring awareness about different topics. It is a k-9 school.
We will work with BiciCentro, a local bike organisation, to train students in all things bike, from repair to safety.
I will create a book and sell it to my local friends and families.
My project is long-term, and has already begun. Late last spring I had planted corn crops for the first time in my life. I had no experience back then so I did not get the best crop results, but they were decent. Then I had realized that you can legally make fuel out of corn that is safe to use at home. At the same time you can also eat the corn, and dry some kernels for a new crop. Growing just corn is a highly efficient crop to grow because of the many uses. Recently I have had the desire to grow edible plants from the seed. Apples are one of my favorite fruits, and I learned how to grow them too. You take the seeds, put them in a moist paper towel, and let them in the fridge until they sprout. Then you place them in a pot, and the trunk will start. This way you will get a decent amount of wood, and lots of delicious apples which you can donate to the local food bank!