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Our project is the establishment of a emergency foo d pantry. We will be using our mini grant to help us in establishing collection routes for our food donation program. The routes will be mapped out and reusable bags will be purchased to be used as collection materials. We currently have a food recovery and redistribution program which target a couple local commuties but we would like a food pantry program to target middle school families that are in need of food resources
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The project that the students at Donaldson Elementary are requesting will allow them to build birdhouses. The students would like to build birdhouses for birds to use for nesting or as a shelter during winter. In addition, the students plan to use the birdhouses for scientific observations such as monitoring what types of things are used to make nests, how many eggs the bird lays, etc. Students will be extremely careful not to disturb the birds. With grant funding, the students will be able to purchase the necessary supplies such as lumber, dowels, wood glue, and stains. Students will carefully follow plans and when the birdhouses are completed, they will be hung on trees which have been a part of the school community for almost fifty years.
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This project will be used at the school by creating a school garden, of plants that are fruit and vegetables using organic dirt. Students will be able to watch the process of strawberries, apple trees, and tomatoes starting from a flower to a small sized berry. Students will watch the stages that it takes for strawberries and others to grow. In addition, students will help put weeds and water the strawberries as a community involvement. Also, students will learn how each fruit is grown differently and other fruit are healthy for your bodies.
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The project will be in memory of our late principal along with creating a habitat for birds and other animals. An eco-bench will also be will be created out of recyclable materials. This project began this summer. Teachers and staff laid cardboard and mulch down where memorial bench will sit. The bench was purchased with grant money and is ready to be installed soon. Further monies are needed to complete community garden for students to learn about habitat and plants. Plan to have students plant vegetable garden for community use along with planting proper flowers for attracting and feeding bees and butterflies.
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We rarely see butterflies in our park. The butterfly garden will encourage the butterflies to come back to the park.
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We will put on a community board game day to promote family interactions which will develop early literacy and social skills. We will also collect board games to be donated to local shelters to encourage these skills and social interaction during times of need. We will be successful if we attract at least 300 people to the community board game play event and collect over 50 board games to give to the homeless shelters.
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We are considering a beautification project that will be a reminder of what we can achieve together. We may also create an assembly to further this goal.
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It will bring awareness of the importance of the sustainability of both local produce and human relations.
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We are planting a variety of saplings and flowers in barren areas of the trails. This will help to make the trails more aesthetically pleasing.
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Mermaid Goggles will hold workshops for young people ages 6 to 17 to learn filmmaking skills and also the Roots and Shoots model for identifying issues in the community in need of awareness. MG will then ask for youth directed original short film submissions for the Mermaid Goggles Youth Film Festival which will offer a red carpet and big screen screening celebration opportunity. Every film selected will receive an award and each director will receive a certificate and customized recommendations for showing his/her movie to others in their community to maximize awareness of their issue. The film festival will also be presented and films available on the Mermaid Goggles Facebook page.

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