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Our yearly invasion of Heal the Bay's outstanding Coastal Cleanup endeavor teaches our kids that you can make a difference and empowers them to take action on causes close to their heart, which is a Roots and Shoots mantra. We also use this early fall event to kick off our year-long campaign about environmental education. This day is an integral part of that.
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The Gregory School’s Roots and Shoots project would reduce people in our school's use of plastic products such as plastic water bottle, zip lock bags, plastic silverware, plastic cups and so on. We will achieve these through doing video presentations about plastic pollution, giving incentives for students to not use or buy single-use plastic products and for restaurants/stores/etc. to not provide so many single-use plastic products (i.e. Starbucks).
The Gregory School’s Roots and Shoots project would reduce people in our school's use of plastic products such as plastic water bottle, zip lock bags, plastic silverware, plastic cups and so on. We will achieve these through doing video presentations about plastic pollution, giving incentives for students to not use or buy single-use plastic products and for restaurants/stores/etc. to not provide so many single-use plastic products (i.e. Starbucks).
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Our project will educate in addition to reducing the use of plastic and litter on campus. It will also increase the students appreciation for nature. We will do this with the help of our club members, school staff, community residents and other organizations.
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Our project would reduce people in our school's use of plastic products such as plastic water bottle, zip lock bags, plastic silverware, plastic cups and so on. We will achieve these through doing video presentations about plastic pollution, giving incentives for students to not use or buy single-use plastic products and for restaurants/stores/etc. to not provide so many single-use plastic products (e.g. Starbucks).
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Through the use of a children's book we will illustrate how these plastics upset the oceans ecosystems and cause harm to all whom inhabit the ocean.
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Students will learn the importance of utilizing alternative energy sources to generate electricity. First, they will read two books: "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind" by William Kamkwamba, and "A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story" by Linda Sue Park. These two stories will transport students to two African nations where water conservation and energy production are essential for survival. Following their reading, students will explore alternative energy sources by creating miniature wind generators and solar cells. Next, students will devise a public program to promote water conservation and the use of alternative energy sources in our community. This program will include the creation and distribution of energy & water awareness stickers to younger students, as well as making and sharing an educational power point about their learning.
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To find out more about our project, visit our website, (www.lebanon.k12.pa.us) and click on GLCP (The Great Lebanon Community Project) under quick links. You can watch a video of the Mayor and I (Marianne Bartley, Ed.D.), Superintendent of Schools. You can find our book about the Freddy the Fish and the beginning of our project. Our project is well underway. we have completed several activities, including a major stream and trash pick up on October 27, 2016. You can read about our success. We will be doing many more things in the months and years to come!
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The approach we will take is to take data on how many water bottles are sold each day. We will use the data to create an awareness campaign for the other students to teach them about how much water is used to make and recycle those little bottles. We will sell STEM Launch reusable water bottles and encourage students to use those instead of getting the small bottles with their lunch. If we receive a mini grant, we want to use that money for purchasing recycling receptacles for the cafeteria. We will use the remaining funds to go toward purchasing a water bottle filler fountain. We will meet with district personnel and fund-raise in order to earn the remaining funds to buy these fountains. We will know if our campaign is successful if we can reduce the number of bottles that are currently distributed in the cafeteria (around 650 a day). We will also know we are successful if all of the bottles that are consumed in the cafeteria end up in recycling instead of in the trash. Ideally, our success will also look like more students carrying reusable water bottles to lunch and possibly even having water bottle fountains in the building. We will track the number of water bottles sold, water bottles recycled, and how many reusable water bottles come to the cafeteria.
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Our local water treatment plant offers free water conservation kits. This is a great tool many people are not aware of, or are simply not willing to go get themselves. Therefore, we will be bringing it to them! Along with an informative pamphlet we will be making, we will distribute the water conservation kits throughout town. The indoor kit includes: kitchen and bath faucet aerators, and a low flow shower nozzle. The outdoor kit includes: hose repair kit, hose timer, rain gauge, and a garden nozzle.

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