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We will be partnering with the Mid America Science Museum, a Smithsonian affiliate. Our project will include a winter clothes drive - those taking part will be asked to donate winter clothes or they can choose a hat, coat, gloves, or they can choose any piece of warm clothing they need. The STEM/ winter themed event will include activities such as: making hot ice, projects with liquid nitrogen, dry ice and a pine cone/water microscope table.
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Through community workshops hosted on our campus, we will provide educational opportunities for community members to learn how to grow their own food and plant trees to help sequester carbon. We will focus on soil maintenance, permaculture design, and seasonal gardening. Activities will include, seed bomb making, community composting, integrated pest management techniques, and soil building techniques.
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Students will map out their community and we will create a 3D version in the classroom and design it so that it looks like a community where people will be able to live and work cohesively, and provide a healthy environment for animals, plants and people can live.
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The student population of PS 376 lives in a low socio-economic neighborhood in Bushwick, Brooklyn. More than 92% of the population receives free school lunch, and face the challenge of speaking English as a second language in school. Their urban neighborhood is rich in buildings and projects, and poor in parks and green spaces. Our school building is adjacent to an elevated subway platform and has a small, asphalt outdoor yard in the shadow of this subway. Further, as a “Schoolyards to Playgrounds” school, the small yard space is constantly utilized during the school day, after school, and on the weekends as a play area for basketball and other outdoor sports. This function is vital to the health and wellbeing of the community and should continue to be used as such. Consequently, the opportunity to interact with the living environment is very limited, and the ability to plant outdoors does not exist on school grounds. Our Garden Guerillas have already mapped out any existing opportunities to plant on school grounds, and we have mapped out the space of the community garden across the street from school. The school just recently gained access to the space, and so this group will spearhead efforts to plan, build and plant 4 raised beds in the garden. Students will also select seeds to plant, research how to plant them correctly, and maintain the space to the end of the school year. Finally, students will teach others how to plant and lead efforts to make healthy dishes back in the classroom.
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Students will create a project based lesson plan that will be presented to a 5th-grade class at a neighboring elementary school. The lesson will include a Power Point that explains traditional energy use, the extraction of natural resources utilized in "dirty" energy, and the various impacts related to their use. The presentation will begin with the issues and conclude with sustainable solutions for alternative "clean" energy choices. The focus on gardening will build the connections between, clean energy options and off setting the impacts of dirty energy by stressing the importance of growing food and planting plants. The project aspect of the lesson will focus on sustainable solutions to energy use available for school gardens. Students will share their design for DIY solar dehydrator used to dehydrate crops grown in a school garden.
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We will be able to have members of our community find us to bring us sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife. We already have some amazing projects going on here, but if people can't find us, they can't participate in the project. Our volunteers will use their construction skills and have already shared their graphic design skills with us. We just need to get the sign printed and up.
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1.Students will work with the school community as well as the community to create a reflection garden. We have a raised bed garden which was started last year and would like to be able to incorporate a place where students can sit and reflect and find a peaceful place. We would accomplish by researching about reflection gardens, decide on a design and search for community resources and resources already available to us through the doe. In addition, I have registered for a class to teach educators how to implement and fund garden projects. ( New York Botanical Gardens , gardening 101 2/19- 2/25). 2. If students committ to decreasing plastic bags used in their community , they will create a public service challenge message to use less bags, design, sell and educate students, teachers and parents to use reusable bags.
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We will grow a sustainable little garden alive with a variety of vegetables and herbs. We'll plant seasonal local vegetables using organic materials and a weekly watering schedule.
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Susick 5th graders will make fleece blankets to donate to the patients at the Children's Hospital of Michigan in Detroit. They will use their mini grant funding to purchase the fleece.
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The students will be exposed to a number of pressing issues regarding animal welfare, and they will also be a part a week-long range of activities to help our community be a kinder place for animals and wildlife. In practice, this includes drafting letters to our local government to get a full service animal shelter for the Bronx, which aside from Queens, it’s currently the only other borough that does not have one. Additionally, they will work on promoting community involvement for animal rights campaigns with the ASPCA, the Wild Bird Fund, amongst other components like volunteering and fundraising. In the culminating phase, they will exhibit their journey and learning experiences on a final project that will be presented school wide.

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