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We will purchase school supplies/clothing. They will be distributed to our students throughout the school year.
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We will grow the flowering plants from seeds and watch them grow. The children will learn how to transfer the plants to a pot or put them directly into the soil, and wait for the butterflies and bees to appear.
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We are going to create a 50 minute long interactive presentation. We will share our story, and frequently ask the audience questions about their thoughts and experiences in doing environmental advocacy.
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The La Mesa homeless community gathers weekly for a meal and church service. We will make and distribute kits each week and follow up to see how they are being used and gather information about needs for future kits. Students will supply ziplock bags, chapstick and bandanas, and we hope to use a grant or donations to purchase sunscreen and hats.
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We are going to bring African Animals to Long Island (sort of!). After our extensive research at the Bronx Zoo, we will create a presentation that will include powerpoint, crafts, books etc on our research and how we did it. At the end, we will ask for a donation (even if it is a penny or a picture)! All of the monies we raise will be donated back to the Bronx Zoo Wildlife Fund.
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Using a wide variety of dried fruit (figs, dates, apples, raisin, etc.), cherrios, and natural hemp string, we made about 60 necklaces. These were sent to Chimps, Inc, a chimpanzee sanctuary in Bend, Oregon.
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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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This year we have made 4 trips to Nana Cardoon, one in the Fall and three this Spring. Our Spring trips were in April and May. We are looking at how nature changes with the seasons. One of our focuses this year was the role that soil plays in growing plants. Each visit we have done activities that help builds quality soil. As well as observing and exploring, we have planted potatoes and corn, and helped remove invasive English Ivy. We even learned to weave the ivy into baskets, making something useful from it. We have made various flat breads from grain grown at the farm, made tortilla of 3 colors of corn, made tabbouleh salad with dandelion greens, and short cake for a strawberry feast! We have explored changes in the garden, the role of pollinators, as well as methods of recycling, including vermiculture (worms). We also used the sun to cook delicious banana bread. Our visits have ended with a group meal, enjoying our food creations. The results have been tasty. For our final visit, we had a strawberry feast with cooked pound cake. This was our celebration of a successful year!
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We will do send out a Survey Monkey to members of our community to evaluate their knowledge about the dangers of pesticides and hormones in our children's diets. We will assess how children feel eating a typical diet that contains GMO's, hormones, and pesticide treated fruits and vegetables. We will educate the families to change their food purchases and eating habits. At the end of our campaign we would resend the survey to evaluate the change in knowledge as well as the change in health of the members.
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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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