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Our campaign will be successful if students can accurately explain the importance of recycling/composting and are motivated to continue the work throughout the year and at home. We intend to purchase a worm composting bin(or 2) and associated materials as well as seeds/plants for the gardens.
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The students will engage in a “Hands On” service project addressing a multiplicity of tasks: Creating and building empathy and compassion for fellow citizens, establishing a community conscience and extending humanity to a segment of our community that is often forgotten or neglected. Students will create, purchase and author Holiday cards and notes that will be delivered to the nursing homes and hospital. The students will also create cards that will be distributed to homebound Veterans with a “Star” enclosed from a flag canton. . Many students do not have the benefit of grandparents and this activity provides a positive network allowing for the students to foster a human connection with elders in our community. The student’s personalized community service experience actions foster within each a “community conscience” that is vital as they mature into proactive citizens within our society. As an extension of their Carepassion the students will help and participate “hands on” in a public educational ceremony in December 2020 honoring Veterans their families and community organizations.
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The students will engage in a “Hands On” service project addressing a multiplicity of tasks: Creating and building empathy and compassion for fellow citizens, establishing a community conscience and extending humanity to a segment of our community that is often forgotten or neglected. Students will create, purchase and author Holiday cards and notes that will be delivered to the nursing homes and hospital. The students will also create cards that will be distributed to homebound Veterans with a “Star” enclosed from a flag canton. . Many students do not have the benefit of grandparents and this activity provides a positive network allowing for the students to foster a human connection with elders in our community. The student’s personalized community service experience actions foster within each a “community conscience” that is vital as they mature into proactive citizens within our society. As an extension of their Carepassion the students will help and participate “hands on” in a public educational ceremony in December 2020 honoring Veterans their families and community organizations.
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This project will raise awareness about 'greener' alternatives to common back to school purchases. This will be done using a flyer that will be created online, printer, and distributed at freshman orientation and back to school night.
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My project will be a year-long theme of The Great Outdoors. During our year together, my 5th grade students will spend the year learning about ecological and environmental issues: biodiversity, deforestation, and pollution. Outdoor learning and nature-based activities will be imbedded throughout the year. As we learn about these topics, students will participate in awareness campaigns; create an indoor and outdoor garden; and organize local clean ups. These activities will run throughout the year. As we learn, it is my hope that what the students learn will inspire them to tackle other conservation and environmental topics. Therefore, I would not be surprised if learners came up with other impactful activities to help their learning during this year. This Great Outdoors projects is important for my student population, as we live in a mostly city environment, and students have little connection to nature. I am already seeing their eyes widen with wonder as we venture out and connect with nature. Thank you for this opportunity.
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The goals are to create a clean, protected and healthy local ecosystem for the amphibians to flourish. This includes: 1) Restoring a large pond in the middle of the community garden 2) Restoring the areas around the pond with the addition of frog-friendly landscaping/beautification of the garden 3) Translocation of 50 tadpoles- ten each from five local temporary or permanent ponds in different areas of the Bay Area (genetic variability) 4) Daily monitoring of tadpoles in various stages of development, tracking of young adults into breeding age 5) Connecting with other Amphibian programs to share data and research methodologies 6) Connecting to local school programs to introduce students to conservation biology and pond ecosystems 7) Ongoing data as population becomes stable 8) Collecting tadpoles for captive breeding program for the re-introduction into other ponds and areas deemed safe for amphibians 9) Long-term management of populations
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The students of the EarthSavers club identified the use of single use plastic utensils during breakfast and lunch as an issue that needs to be addressed. The school distributes over 400-utensil packets everyday, which end up in the landfill or become trash on our campus. Our students want to develop a campaign that educates the school community about alternatives to single use plastic and why using less is important. They would also like to create a program that provides reusable utensils to students. Students would like to see a reduction of at least 80% of the use of the utensil packets. This data can be collected from the cafeteria manager. Fund raising and our Roots and Shoots mini-grant will provide the funds needed to start a pilot program that will provide reusable utensils to the students in 3-6 homeroom classes. These students would be given a before and after survey to collect information on the viability of the program that can be presented to school and district administrators.
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Gator fest is our largest fundraiser each year. It brings together families, staff and the community to raise money for our schools needs and occasional wants. We will hold this event on Saturday November 2nd and we will have inflatables, games, food, raffles and a silent auction.
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Our project will provide a collection point for neighbors to bring their fall leaves for composting. We have worked with our local schools to establish a collection point and coordinated youth groups to assist seniors in raking their fall leaves. We have arranged for a Master Composter to educate neighbors on the "Whys and Hows of Backyard Composting". Neighbors who compost can take donated leaves to their compost piles and the remaining leaves will be placed in a dumpster for composting at a local facility.
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We will accept supplies for dogs in need. Volunteers are needed to become foster parents for dogs needing shelter. Eventually, we would like to build a state-of-the-art facility that is a peaceful, safe, and clean space for dogs waiting for homes.

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