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The RECO club is a student green-club that volunteers to clean up waste from our natural areas as well as greening parts of the city in collaboration with NYC Parks Department by planting trees or working on park clean-up. The club is also affiliated with NYC's Office of Sustainability's Zero Waste Schools. We have a campaign to rescue some trash found within our school to make art projects from it (bracelets out of plastic bags, sculptures out of bottles, etc.) as well as push-in into classrooms to proactively teach other students on how to properly recycle. The RECO Club also takes trips to natural areas or facilities where innovation is taking place so that our urban youth can experience 'nature' or what people are doing around the city to promote sustainability.
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We will participate in an art show in Detroit Michigan that is showcasing artwork from all over the United States in order to bring awareness to the United Nation's Convention on the Rights of the Child. We are creating a collaborative wall hanging from recycled materials at a free workshop for handicapped individuals and it will be displayed from February to April, 2018.
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My project will enable vegetable growth around my neighborhood, which currently is so desert-like that it is almost impossible to grow anything in the dirt. I will get a compost bin and put leftover food in it, that will then be composted into dirt that I can use for my plants. I will also build a bed for all of my vegetables, so that they will grow, without the struggle of unhealthy dirt. I can use my veggies for eating healthier, and I might even sell some to others, to encourage everyone else to eat healthy and organic.
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Through community mapping our students have identified several problems affecting their community. Specifically, our gardening class & Service Club would like to help combat hunger, obesity, and diabetes through our service project 'One Plant At a Time'. Students are interested in learning how to start vegetable plants from seeds. First, after researching and planning which vegetables would be the best to start indoors and would offer the greatest nutrients, they would begin planting their vegetables in recycled containers (milk, yogurt, cereal cups etc..). Once the plants were established, students will plan a workshop for other students and parents and teach them about what they have learned about starting seeds, and the health benefits of vegetable gardening. In addition, students will offer low cost solutions by using recycled materials to grow plants in. This workshop will also include a student made "How To" worksheet. Students will not only get an opportunity to provide their community with free plants, but will also teach other valuable information.
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Our students are holding a fundraiser to raise funds to purchase the filling stations. We are offering eco-friendly (i.e. no gas, electricity, or waste) landscaping services to our community. We are working to inform the community about the need to use fewer or no plastic water bottles.
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We are currently undergoing a large classroom remodel to provide more local young learners the opportunity to enroll in our program and connect to nature while learning to care for our planet! We want to make a classroom that is environmentally friendly, using resources that are responsibly resourced or recycled. A large part of our remodel is focused on bringing the outdoors indoors so that our explorations can continue once inside the classroom walls. We plan to create a large discovery center area with space for students to observe elements of nature and record their observations within their personal nature journals.
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Our project will be to collect plastic water bottles from around the school and use the proceeds to fund the planting of trees in Haiti.
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We will generate pamphlets to educate people about reuse and recycling that can benefit animals. We will hand out the pamphlets to our community. We will focus on straws and plastic bags. For the first people that arrive, we will provide them with a reusable bag or a reusable straw.
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This service learning project will introduce the importance of creating a cleaner and safer environment for people, plants, and wildlife on our campus and in the community. By integrating Missouri Girls Town's longstanding focus on life-skills training, youth will have the opportunity to not only interact with nature, but learn about their impact on the environment through litter disposal and recycling projects. Participants will be challenged to help eradicate litter and waste in one of two zones (either Zone #1-Campus, or Zone #2- Community). Gloves and safety wear will be provided to ensure participant safety. Each participant will have the opportunity to learn about the importance of creating a healthy, clean, and safe environment for all. The project will culminate with a celebration for all of the participants efforts in reaching our goal of creating a cleaner environment. This project will be part of an ongoing effort to introduce more service learning opportunities on Missouri Girls Town's campus.
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Freshman F.I.R.S.T. Roots & Shoots Campaign addresses local environmental needs related to conservation and preservation of natural resources, specifically in local watersheds, streams and parks. Our approach is to work enlist 385 grade nine students to collaborate with our science teachers, local environment and EPA specialist, civic and business leaders and community volunteers to address needs while actualizing or transferring knowledge gained in school to address local needs. The program objective is for all 9th graders, each who are enrolled in Environmental Science or Biology classes to take action and outreach to enlist at least one community volunteer (adult) to work with us to address the identified needs of our community watershed, creeks, banks, parks and recreational areas.

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