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It can often be hard for high school students to find time to appreciate nature. As environmental issues grow more pressing, however, apathy toward the natural world is a crucial issue that must be addressed. Our proposed project would strive to expose students to local wildlife by setting up several bird feeders in our school’s courtyard. We would also set up a live camera to monitor the bird feeder, which would allow students to observe the birds remotely. The footage could also be shared with the public through a blog or through other forms of social media. In addition to promoting an appreciation for nature among students, this campaign would also benefit local bird species. Bird feeders provide additional nourishment to supplement natural food sources. This is extremely important in the winter when food in the wild is scarce and birds face harsh competition for resources. In other seasons, feeders can also help nesting parents and migrating birds, who require more food than usual in order to sustain themselves and their families. Overall, this is a campaign that we hope would help both humans and the natural environment while reinforcing the connection between the two.
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Our goal is to supply customers at our local grocery stores with reusable shopping bags free of charge until supplies are depleted. Additionally, we would like to provide educational literature to consumers to help raise awareness about the problems associated with the use of single use plastic bags. Then, we want to meet with local politicians to discuss the ban of plastic bags in our county with hopes of expanding the ban statewide.
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We will take an online survey ever other week for 3 months, with a required picture, of how recycling habits have changed.
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We will be targeting local restaurants beginning with those nearest to the coastline. By educating restaurant staff members and distributing educational materials for patrons, we think everyone will help this campaign be a successful one. We will also provide samples of bamboo straws for restaurants in order to ease the transition away from plastic straws.
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I hope to prevent suicide among veterans and first-responders. "The misconception surrounding PTSD is that it is just something you feel after experiencing a horrible situation. This isn’t the case. Most veterans and first responders are familiar with the body’s fight or flight system. It is a physiological reaction that enables your body to react in stressful and threatening situations. After the threat has subsided, the physiological changes return to normal everyday status, because the body is no longer in the threatening situation. When PTSD is truly in effect, this fight or flight effect doesn’t go away and causes a continual feeling of stress, fear, and anxiety. The goal is to change the way the disturbing thoughts affect the person suffering with PTSD and give a resolution to the event. If they can stop feeling anxious, frightened, even paralyzed by the thoughts, then they can resume normal functioning in day-to-day life." My hope is that with the love of the community, we can save their lives, as they have saved, and can continue to save, ours. �We will do this by providing hand-made, hand-written cards to organizations that serve active military personnel, veterans, and first-responders in distress.
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In the fall, we will dig a trench, fill it with maple logs from a tree that was cut down a couple of years ago, branches, etc. We will add composted leaves from our town, surround it with straw bales, and plant cover crops of winter rye and hairy vetch. In the spring, we will plant peas, which fix nitrogen, as well as being delicious. We would research other plants that would make sense for the area: maybe mushrooms, currants and blueberries. The result we would hope for would be good soil with lots of microorganism and edible plants for ourselves and the birds successfully grown from it. We would photograph it, and science classes could analyze the soil and micro-organisms. We would also use this as a demonstration of hugelkultur for students at all our schools and for the community - posting on a website and hosting visits.
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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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The girls of Purposeful Youth Detroit will advertise for the event in Detroit for a month prior to the event. They obtain donations of shoes and hygiene projects all year long to give to the community of Detroit on this day. The event will take place at Milliken State Park in Detroit and will last from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Families of Detroit will have the opportunity to come to the river front and obtain shoes for the whole family!
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Our project proposes the cultivation of fruits and vegetables that our youth and community members will be able to benefit from. Our youth will take part in the construction and continued maintenance of this fruit and vegetable garden. Monthly, our youth and members of the community that we serve will have the opportunity to access the garden's fruit and vegetables. There will be regular cooking classes offered to our youth that incorporate fruits and vegetables grown in the garden.
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Project Narrative: In my children’s chapter book Mr. Grumbles, a kitten is abandoned beside the road at a driveway to a house. He has to deal with the weather, other animals living in the front yard, and finding food. His survival is up to him until humans of the house take him in. My audience for this of this book is parents reading to their children, Level 3: Transitional Reader - Second Grade: 7-8 Year Old Readers, and up. This children’s chapter book is meant to help children with their reading skills and literacy levels. Public relations activities for my children’s book will include use of Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and other social networks; posters and flyers for use at book fairs and festivals; and news releases to entertainment media. Here is the timeline for completion of my children’s book Mr. Grumbles: A stray kitten ended up in my family’s front yard in 2009. I spent most of that spring trying to catch him, and succeeded on June 4, 2009. My mother named him Guy Noir after a character from A Prairie Home Companion. I wrote an animation script, which I converted to a children’s book with the help of Diana Epelbaum (copy editor) and Mustafaa El-Attiq Ali (proofreader) in the summer of 2013. From a posting on VolunteerMatch, I met Susan C. Vergalla (proofreader) in the summer 2015. After meeting Nancy McBride through WIFT, her daughter Celestial McBride helped do a reedit on the nearly complete book in the fall of 2018. I had to come up with a creative name for the book. Guy Noir grumbles when he eats, sleeps, plays, and purrs, I gave him the nickname Mr. Grumbles. In January of 2015, after searching far and wide from different countries and states, I finally found my illustrator, Stephanie Richoll (www.stephaniericholl.tumblr.com). On June 28, 2017, because grant writing and fund raising is a lot harder than it looks. I replaced Ms. Richoll with Wendy J.B. Rowe (https://www.facebook.com/WendyJBRowe/). In June of 2018, Wendy J.B. Rowe had leave the project for family reasons. We are working on looking for a new illustrator. Budget: My budget for this children’s book is $10,000. I will seek the funds from small and large grants and private sources. I will compile an Excel spreadsheet to keep track of expenses as I disburse them during all phases of the project. Fundraising Strategy: I’m continuing to seek suitable grant providers through personal contacts and Internet research (including membership on e-newsletter lists of funding sources) for the additional funding. My fiscal sponsor for this project is From the Heart Productions (http://www.fromtheheartproductions.com) and (https://fromtheheartproductions.networkforgood.com/projects/10335-books-mr-grumbles). In September of 2018 I secured a Florida-based fiscal sponsor, Anchor Vision Partners (www.anchorvisionpartners.org/), which will enable me to apply for State of Florida grants. Other Information: The funds will be used for illustrations, author/illustrator photo headshot, and PR of the children’s book Mr. Grumbles. I plan to donate signed books and/or signed posters to kitten/cat rescue groups for them to auction off at their fund-raising events. Also, I plan to team up with kitten/cat rescue groups to do book readings at pet stores on days they are holding kitten or cat adoption events. Other readings will happen at libraries, and neighborhood community centers such as The Barnyard in Miami’s Coconut Grove section (http://coconutgrovecares.org/). I will use these book readings to help children with their reading and teach them about what happens to abandoned kittens and cats. If possible, I will have The Cat Network or other kitten/cat rescue groups there, too. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mr-Grumbles/744246918938363 Web site: https://twitter.com/grumbles_mr

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