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Build raised garden beds at our main branch so members will have a hands-on experience growing their own plants and learning about gardening and vegetables.
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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."
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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.
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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.
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16 of our classrooms will each be assigned a garden bed (or a portion of a garden bed) as well as a part of the outdoor learning space to cultivate and maintain. Classes will work during their scheduled time on a weekly basis. Classes will tie curriculum and Missouri State Learning Standards to their work in the garden, bringing together language arts, math, science, and social studies to their experiences in the outdoor classroom.
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We will plant herbs and vegetable seeds. Once the seeds sprout and are big enough we will clear the plot for a garden and plant the seedlings. The children will record their observations about the garden in their journals. The class will care for the garden through the remainder of the semester and then we will turn it over to the Boys and Girls Club.
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Each class in our school will take turns cleaning and preparing the ground, planting the seeds, weeding the garden, and watering the garden.
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The children will plants seeds and water them and eventually be able to eat what they have grown! We will share the fruits of our labor with our community. Also, we will learn ways to recycle water and not waste it! Needed to start: planting soil, seeds or small plants, watering cans, gardening tools!
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A three year plan for existing and developing Roots & Shoots Groups from Puerto Rico & the Caribbean . Establishing R&S centers in universities, schools in general and municipalities. Culminating in a gathering of Caribbean Nations in Puerto Rico by 2017 to share common goals and support each others projects. Currently in formation stage with support of public and private university staff & Student groups. Visit University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez ,campus Verde site. (Green Campus.) www.uprm.edu/campusverde If it appears in Spanish hit "Translate this"" button on google. Our website will be added to this location when done. "Compinche" means a gathering of friends.
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By going out and planting your own trees, picking up any litter you may find on the way, and having a vast land that is off limits to deforestation and hunting. This project will create more better food by planting extensively, it will be free of hunting and deforestation by adopting parts of land, will be cleaned up daily, and will make sure that any animal in need will recieve the PROPER attention as needed.

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