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!
We will educate our homeschool community on Florida Native plants distributing educational flyers, answering questions and selling Florida Native Plants. I will dig up seedlings from my own Florida Native Yard and ask local Florida Native Nurseries to donate plants for our sale. All money raised will be donated to the food packaging event that we will be attending November 19th with Two Hangry Chicks. The members of Roots and Shoots will help make signs for the sale, collect the money and track our progress on a fund raising thermometer.
Each week, a surprise day of the week will be Litterless Lunch Day. An Enviro student will announce the Litterless Lunch Day at hui that day! Every Litterless Lunch Day, the teacher on lunch duty will take the bottle top box on duty with them. They will check students for zero waste lunches. If you have a litterless lunch, you can take a bottle top from the box and put in your class tin in your classroom! It doesn’t matter which colour! The first class to fill their tin to the top will be awarded The Litterless Lunch Cup at the next assembly, and the cup will stay in their class until the next class takes it. If more than one class reaches the top at the same time, the bottle tops will be counted! It takes about 100 bottle tops to reach the top of the tin, so it will take classes over a month to reach the top! Each term there will probably be one or two winners. For the old Zero Waste Lunch system we had to make tokens out of laminated paper all the time, which was wasteful. With our new Litterless Lunch system we can reuse the bottle tops and the cup over and over again, so it is sustainable. Good luck with your litterless lunching!
As a club, we are focusing both locally and abroad. Our school is in need of trash removal and cleaning up school grounds. We will have an official clean-up on Oct 23 with the National Honors society and the Environmental club. We are also helping to pass this message to the children of Rwanda by partnering with the charity Hope Shines and creating posters on drinking water safety. We will also be fundraising to purchase personal water filters for the children in Rwanda.