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The children's gardens at Kids Express are producing a good harvest this summer and the children are raising money to "adopt" a goat by selling some of their produce to families at Kids Express Learning Center. The children ages 4-8 will hold weekly mini farmers markets on the school grounds. The hope is to raise $120.00 for the price of a goat through Heifer International. We have held several farmers markets already this summer and expect to earn the money by the end of the month of September. The children will name the goat and receive email updates about where the goat was placed. Additionally, Heifer International's website provides information about goats and a picture of their sponsored goat.
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Our grant will fund the purchase of plants, supplies and tools to plant the garden. Students in 2nd-3rd grade and the Nature Club will work together to plant, water and maintain the garden. We welcome all classes to use this area as an outdoor classroom and observe that when we "grow it - they will come!"
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Our project was small, but had a huge impact. Since we started working on preserving La Casita it's been rented almost every weekend. A summer camp was started, first 1 week, but now 2 weeks, and it brings 70 girls each week to the camp to learn about all things plant and animal related. We asked the Ranger to come and give us a hiking tour. The Audubon Society wanted to come and teach us about birds. The Fire Dept. also came...and the list of helpers keeps growing because people care about this land and want to preserve it for girls and boys to come and learn. The impact was great and we are very proud that a small group of us cared enough to preserve this property.
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Using curriculum, research, vocabulary and thematic instruction as well as specialized learning techniques for ASD we will create an outdoor environment to support Stem Education.
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This project will bring marine education to a community of K-5 low-income students, through 2D animation and 3D printing. WonderKids, through the University of Southern California (USC), is a program established to bring Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) related lessons to a total of 100 students per semester in the local elementary schools, taught by undergraduate and graduate students. WonderKids will therefore bring the project curriculum into the classrooms. Ultimately this project will be a compilation of lesson plans and documentation of the classrooms on a website, to be accessed by the students as well as provide the teachers with a step by step process for creating the digital arts projects. This project stems from research on gray whales conducted by Carrie Newell as well as a minor thesis, therefore beyond making the website publicly accessible, we hope to share the project with involved networks to increase visibility and impact. The website will be posted on Carrie Newell’s whale watching website, USC’s Joint Educational Project (JEP), working with 75 classrooms, will also have access to the curriculum for future purposes and the project will be shared with the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA), expanding the impact to 750 educators around the country and to the students those teachers impact.
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Our project is to grow produce such as kale, collards, cabbage, swiss chard, peas and herbs like basil, mint, parsley and more! We will implement Permaculture and Hugelkuktur grow methods. Trainnings and educational workshops will be a collaborative effort between farmers, students and youth.
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Our project will take a piece of land that needs some TLC and turn it into a garden area. We will clean and clear existing vegetation and replace it with California Native plants that will attract and sustain butterflies, bees and birds.
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TZa’Nia’s issue is trying to prevent hunger, making sure that no one goes hungry. When her older sister started a book club and support group for children of incarcerated parents, she heard families, especially children, talk about being hungry. At her school, she hears kids talk about how they like to come to school each day so they will have food because sometimes they might not have any on the weekend. When she sees people standing on the street with signs begging for money and food, she often starts to cry. Za’Nia is a foster child and she knows what it is like to be hungry, sometimes not having enough food. There have been times when she had to eat her cereal with water because the family didn’t have milk. For a short time, she lived in the homeless shelter. Now when she sees people who are hungry, she will sometimes give them her snack money so they don’t have to be hungry. The residents usually eat breakfast before the leave the facility and if they get back to the facility in the evening in a timely manner, they get a dinner meal. With this project, they would have something for themselves and their children to eat (especially the young ones that do not attend school) during the day while they are away from the shelter. This would also help them on the weekends to have something to eat as well.
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Our team will create cards that share love and put smiles on faces. We are creating a cross-generational program to build community bonds. We will laugh, share stories, bond and share love! We will have people in the community smiling, hugging and sharing love. The youth will deliver cards to elders to celebrate love and build bonds.
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We will build frames over our raised beds. Perhaps we can experiment with various season extenders and determine which work best in our climate and for particular plants. We can build hoop houses and low frames for all of our raised beds and compare growth rate to identify the best season extenders. We can then select plants that are able to withstand colder temperatures and plan healthy meals to prepare with our harvest.

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