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Our project will clean up the school garden which has been left untouched for 2 years and fix the rampant weeds that continue to grow there.
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I have students create Power Point presentations to share what they've learned. We also complete pre and post tests after the field trips so we can collect data which tells us what the students have learned and why. I would use the grant money to buy plants for the garden. Parents and students help us maintain our garden. We also harvest our produce and make salads to share during our meetings.
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The grant would be used to purchase native species of plants that attract butterflies, birds and more with a sense of home! In addition the grant will be used to purchase materials for bird feeders and seating areas. Any additional grant funds will be used for watering cans, materials to make recycled wind chimes, and paint for making motivational signs for children.
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We will complete this project during our parent engagement evening in September 2019. This project will give us the opportunity to include parents, as well as our students. This project will help sustain the work we completed this year.
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We are going to complete this project during our Summer Camp community service week. We have adult volunteers who will supervise and guide children through this service project, following the lead of the project creator, a 5th grade boy. Our project will take approximately 5 days to complete, including scraping the existing paint, planning and stenciling the designs, and painting the murals.
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To continue the beautification of our community year round.
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We hope to get a proclamation at City Hall at the first council meeting when the school year begins in September.
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Ashtabula Area City Schools, particularly the 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students, have been working on becoming more sustainable and even created a sustainability committee to address environmental issues in our school and community. One of the big problems the students saw was that there was no recycling program in our school as well as a very confusing community recycling system that needed more clarification. Our school uses styrofoam trays at breakfast and lunch and the students wondered why they weren't recyclable even with the triangle on the bottom. They did not like that hundreds of trays were thrown away and added to our landfill each day! The students in our school, along with their teachers, were able to get a recycling program started in the school and worked with the Assistant Director of Community Services and Planning to get 2 recycle bins donated to the schools for the community to use as well. The director explained to students why some things are recyclable in this area and why they are not. Students will be working on ways to get out into the community to educate the public on what is acceptable to recycle. In addition to this recycling program, students continue to be guests at city council meetings explaining the plastic pollution problem and their new focus is on banning plastic bags in the county by switching to reusable options. (They are working on convincing our school treasurer to purchase reusable lunch trays or compostable options as well. It hasn't happened yet, due to funds.) Students would like to do demonstrations outside of stores, showing the public how to up-cycle old t-shirts into reusable bags that can be used right away in that store. The only down side is that these t-shirt bags do not hold much in them. Our students would like to provide and sell larger sustainable canvas bags, designed by students, to promote awareness of the importance of reducing plastic usage and switching to reusable bags that will help our environment. We all would like to see less bags on the sides of the roads, stuck in trees, and in our nearby Lake Erie and many rivers that can harm wildlife.
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Activities will begin once teachers return to school the end of July. Students will come to school and help with the harvesting prior to the beginning of the school year in mid August. Students will prepare the soil for weeding, hoeing and replanting. Once school starts students and teachers sign up of class graden time to go out to help work in the garden. When our families come to school, community members and school district employees come to our school they will be taken on a garden tour by the student and class who are in charge of the garden at the time of the visit. This project will enable all of our students and teachers to have a vested interest in the outcome of our garden, the produce, protecting its beauty and securing students will have access to eat the produce from our garden.
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The goal of this project was to raise awareness about changes that anyone can make to reduce their carbon footprint, while also uniting our school's community through a plant giveaway. We created two kinds of booklets that we gave away along with the plants: one about how to support native plants and pollinators, and another about how to reduce your carbon footprint. We hoped that this project would raise awareness about the impact that an individual can have on the planet.

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