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We started by learning about how our vast populations of people have polluted the oceans. In the process we learned about how all life on earth is dependent on our oceans being healthy and in balance. The focus quickly went to the impact of plastics, looking at waste of plastic bags and straws. Through the Students Rebuild project, each "sea creature" we created was result in $2 being donated to protecting and cleaning our oceans. We made hundreds of mostly origami sea creatures, including whales, angel fish, sea anemones, clam shells, and jelly fish.
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At bare minimum, the project will prove successful if local youth gain service-learning hours for installing the conservation garden in ways that spark meaningful prior Green School PTSA memorializing conversation and reflection. This success indicator is very reachable being that The Natural Roots Project’s (NRP’s) partner-organization, The Empowerment Center of Maryland, Inc, has agreed to both: a) host youth-preparatory sessions at their facility, and b) provide the 501c3 criteria necessary to grant service-learning credit. Furthermore, many Cherry Hill plot holders are elderly retirees, accustomed to seeing mainly food planted at their location. Thus, the conservation garden is likely to spark much curiosity, inquiry and conversation. The process of garden installation and community response will be documented via a youth coordinated video montage and short feedback surveys respectively.
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We are educating the people in our community . We are doing this during our summer camp. All the children are involved. They study and become the educators.
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Once we successfully built the machine and uploaded the code for it, we tested it on 3 different plants. The task was to detect soil moisture, to send the readings of the sensor to the phone, and to water the plant if the moisture was too low. Surely enough, the tests were a success.
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We are applying for a roots and shoots grant to buy plants and fencing. The fencing would isolate the plants long enough for them to become established and grow. We also will ask people in the community to donate a plant(s) and let them know what day the planting will be done so they can watch and see the difference they are making for our wildlife in the area.
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This garden will receive 8 raised beds, placed into the orchard garden. We will teach students to build the raised beds, install drip irrigation, seed crops. Students will learn to compost as we install a compost bin, cultivate the crops and the fruit trees. Students will learn abut water schedule, thinning seedlings, grow harvest to prepare a wholesome meal.
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My program will hand out information to people in the surrounding areas about healthy living and try to motivate them to be more active thru daily life changes , and have a class on How to be a better you.
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We will collect food scraps from campus, process them in a three-bin system and turn the food scraps into compost over a three month period. We will be diverting food scraps from the landfill and utilizing the developed compost in our garden.
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We will organize community cleanups every other week, river cleanups when needed, and tree planting events when needed and allowed to by the city! We will gather volunteers, advertise often and effectively, and form community bonds and friendships all while defending our dear environment.
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We will make a weather station by buying an anemometer, barometer, hygrometer, rain gauge, thermometer and weather journal. Members of the “Peace Lillies” (our gardening group) will collect the data and use it to help create weekly garden plans for planting, weeding, harvesting and planning. Our weather station will let us participate in citizen science groups and share our information in our school and community as a news service. That will help us get more publicity and bring in more volunteers to grow our garden. Weather data and tools will also be used by science teachers for a practical perspective on the reality of climate change.

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