We will participate in the annual The Great American Cleanup the weekend of May 16, 2015 and follow with a youth group planting project in the next 90 days.
Kids Need Support 2, Healing Gardens will focus on the unique health disparities economic needs in the community. We will plant flowers, trees, shrubs in the local communities. Advocate for special needs while completing recreational outdoor activities such as hiking, cleaning the parks, fishing, etc. Focusing on resiliency, awareness and natural health resources for special needs children, chronically ill and disadvantaged youth. Our organization will approach the problem of vandalism in the parks, littering and the lack of respect for nature by painting over graffiti areas, cleaning the parks, planting healing gardens and flower beds with fencing to protect the beauty of nature and life within. We work closely with the naturalist and share information on wildlife protection and earth preservation tips. Children between the ages of 5 - 18 will work weekly to maintain the gardens. “This grant will make it possible for 100 city kids, many of which are low-‐income, to explore all of their sense in the gardens. From touching worms, gathering fresh produce, to smelling lemon verbena to tasting the finished product of their labor. There will be 10 classes throughout the year, which will cover the following topics: • Seed starting • Planning a garden • Planting • Harvesting • Composting This spring we will work on outreach to parents, partner organizations, and teachers living in the neighborhood through newsletters, social media, and local churches to recruit volunteers.” Being a keeper of our brother/sister involves being a keeper of the all life and earth. We will heal together.
Local organizations can provide us with trees for a nominal fee of about $75 per tree (this depends on size and type). With a $200 grant and other money raised, we could bring large or numerous trees to campus. We are coordinating with our school's administration to facilitate this process, find good locations for the trees, and get them planted. Our help will make sure that planting new trees is funded regardless of the school's budget. We hope to plant the trees by the end of May 2015. The exact timing will depend on the availability of funding, the schedule of the administration, and other potential issues like providing the trees with appropriate irrigation in our dry climate. We are well-organized and in contact with the necessary people at all times, so as soon as we secure the resources needed to plant the trees, we will do so. If there are new trees on campus, we will know that our campaign was successful. It will be visible, but we will also conduct a campaign to make sure students and teachers recognize the role of the school's Roots & Shoots group in the project. The project overall will result in happier students, lower energy bills, cleaner air, and a more beautiful environment.
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We hold this event once a year and return to the same beach to clean up the garbage on the beach. We split into small groups, with one trash bag per group, and hand out gloves. The groups then collect the trash in the bags and carry them uphill, where a garbage truck picks up the bags.
The Roots and Shoots class will be involved in building and painting a game of corn hole. We will put together a landscaping plan to submit to the children's home and then attend the green thumb festival and reach out to local Florida Native nurseries to purchase trees and plants that they approve. I will bring books to read to the kids about Monarch butterflies and gardens and then ask if any of them want to be involved in the actual planting. We will then plan a time that the children in the home who want to be involved can help us plant the butterfly and herb garden as well as any trees and plants. We will leave instructions on how to care for the plants and gardens. I will make follow up visits to help the children look for butterfly eggs and caterpillars and to encourage the use of the herbs in the garden as well as helping them make observations about the Florida Native plants and the wildlife that they are attracting. We would like to provide books to the Children's home on all of these topics as well as identification guides.
Kindergarten Students at Costa Verde International School will adopt the local community garden, plant new plants and trees, and become the custodians for the garden for years to come.
For this project, we will first need to get land somewhere that is convenient and accessible to all people. We may have to write a letter to the government to provide us with this piece of land, and raise donations for other expenses. After that, for a whole day or more, we will welcome members of the community to help prepare and plant the park. After everything has grown- which should take no more than 3 months-, the park will be open to the public. To maintain the park, it will be divided into different sections and each section will be put up for adoption, so the park will be run by the community. We will also employ the local unemployed people in the community to help maintain the park.