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Introduction of native milkweed back into our urban landscape. We have planted seeds and will distribute the plants to key areas of our neighborhoods as well as sell the plants along with a micro-lessons on the need to protect and provide for space and protection for pollinators.
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Our project will plant native trees. We will also educate the school on the importance of trees to our environment. We will have a school presentation and plant trees around our school campus.
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Students will be adopting the median out front of our school to develop a native plant garden and habitat for bees. This will be a learning space for the school and local community serving to engage them in experiencing the advantages of native species and the need for bee habitats.
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We will need to clean up the garden area by clearing dead vegetation. We will then solicit donations of topsoil and soil amendments, as well as seedlings and seed. The garden will be cared for by student and parent volunteers.
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In 2010, Resources for Health Roots & Shoots adopted Evergreen Park, a community space with play structures, open fields, and a small wooded trail system, for Arbor Day. Our first project as “park adopters” was planting flowers to beautify the park’s entrance, and for the next three years, we carried out a variety of park enhancement projects, including litter cleanup, light park maintenance, filling roles in community events, and the occasional blackberry removal. Although these early projects weren’t directly focused on the woods, we admired it as a gateway to the past, what the landscape must have looked like before the parking lots and high-density housing that now surround it. In 2013, our group agreed that the area of the park in the direst need of our help was that wooded area, as it was least utilized, and in turn, least maintained segment of the park. That month we shifted our efforts to be more focused and consistent in the woods. We also began to extend the participation of the events from our group to community members. During these events, we removed immense amounts of the invasive blackberry, redefined the entire trail system, removed litter, and re-vegetated the woods with native plants. As a result, many native plants independently regrew in place of the blackberry we removed, our re-vegetation efforts took root and helped shade out the blackberry, and the trails stand out from the surrounding foliage and debris! As of today, these projects continue in the woods of Evergreen Park. To learn more or get involved with our efforts at Evergreen Park, visit www.resourcesforhealth.org or email us at Info@Resourcesforhealth.org!
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The H2Origami campaign was set in motion May 2011 when, following a viewing of the movie Tapped, Resources for Health Roots & Shoots youth leaders learned of Nestlé’s plan to bottle water from the Gorge and sell it to consumers at a 1500% profit. After hosting a guest talk to learn more about the issue from Food and Water Watch’s Julia DeGraw, group members began folding origami embellished with water protection messages to ask Governor Kitzhaber to put a halt to Nestlé’s plan. The origami represents Gorge wildlife that would be negatively impacted by the bottling plant, as well as drinking cups signifying the importance and simplicity of taking back the tap by choosing reusable drinking vessels over plastic bottles. RFH Roots & Shoots youth have used the project to raise awareness about Nestlé’s efforts to bottle the Gorge with outreach events at the Beaverton Library, Whole Foods Tanasbourne, Portland VegFest, and the Pacific Northwest Roots & Shoots Summit with Dr. Jane Goodall. Using craft paper wall murals to display the outspoken paper wildlife, they captivated audiences by teaching citizens of all ages to make H2Origami to contribute to the displays. The group anticipates more local campaigning ahead following the Oregon Water Resources Department’s February 29th approval of two of the three necessary OWRD permits for the Nestle Water Bottling Plant. To learn more about H2Oriagmi and to get involved, visit H2Origami.org, or email us at Info@H2Origami.org!
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To create a garden that provides a peaceful place for teachers to retreat to and diverse plants for creatures to live in. The large conference table will also be a place for Roots & Shoots members to meet. We will get approval from our principal to take on this project, get donations of succulents, prep the garden area, and grow a garden over a 3-month period.
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First, each Roots & Shoots member had to ask permission to host The Kindness Challenge in either their classroom at school or with an extracurricular group, such as Boy Scouts. Then, everyone created a Kindness Calendar--an advent-style calendar that contained a weekly idea of how to be kind, such as "switch off all the lights when you leave a room" or "give a classmate a compliment". The idea is to read the kind idea and then challenge their peers to complete it in a certain amount of time. To keep track, each member also made a Kindness Cup, so if a peer does the challenge, they can write how they completed it and put it in the cup. Before the next kind idea is read, members can count how many of their peers did the previous challenge and add an extra challenge of having more people complete it next time!
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To teach sustainable processes anyone can do at home to grow healthy food year round.
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The project will educate individuals on their rights and responsibilities in Environmental Conservation. This will be achieved by Action-oriented talks and small Green Projects such as streets cleaning and river clearing.

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