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Each child will create a scrapbook that will feature their responses to all activities with photos, articles, essays, reflections, art work, responses to world-current events & what's going on in their own communities, book reviews and much more. They will invite the public to respond to their blog posts, videos, psa's and hopefully, receive responses to their letter writing campaigns and petitions. They will continually self assess their learning with frequent personal reflections, partner activities and Socratic Seminar style class discussions that will take place throughout the process.
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Seed To Table Program: Our core educational program is a year-round K-5th grade curriculum of outdoor garden-based learning. 120 experiential lessons encompass everything a student can learn from planting, tending, harvesting, studying, cooking, and eating plants. Tailored to the Southern California growing season and aligned with both Common Core and California State standards, each grade focuses on a unique science theme, in addition to units in literacy and math. The school’s classroom teachers do the “getting ready” portion of each lesson, and we provide a Garden Coordinator to teach the hands-on outdoor portion. Follow-up activities foster deeper reinforcement and learning. Students harvest and prepare seasonal recipes using tools like solar ovens and bicycle blenders. We use the process of cooking not only to develop healthy eating habits but primarily as an engaging platform for scientific inquiry and experimentation. At the end of the 6-year program, students emerge with a multidisciplinary understanding of environmental processes and tools for the real-world engagement in their surrounding communities.
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Seed To Table Program: Our core educational program is a year-round K-5th grade curriculum of outdoor garden-based learning. 120 experiential lessons encompass everything a student can learn from planting, tending, harvesting, studying, cooking, and eating plants. Tailored to the Southern California growing season and aligned with both Common Core and California State standards, each grade focuses on a unique science theme, in addition to units in literacy and math. The school’s classroom teachers do the “getting ready” portion of each lesson, and we provide a Garden Coordinator to teach the hands-on outdoor portion. Follow-up activities foster deeper reinforcement and learning. Students harvest and prepare seasonal recipes using tools like solar ovens and bicycle blenders. We use the process of cooking not only to develop healthy eating habits but primarily as an engaging platform for scientific inquiry and experimentation. At the end of the 6-year program, students emerge with a multidisciplinary understanding of environmental processes and tools for the real-world engagement in their surrounding communities.
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We will create a community of students, parents, teachers, and all school staff that is engaged in learning about ways to take care of ourselves and each other by creating a garden together and learning about how to better care for our environment.
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Our community garden days will take place every 3rd Saturday of each month. The funding provided by this Roots and Shoots grant will help in cleaning up part of the 24th Street Garden. With this funding, we will purchase materials needed to prepare a section of the garden so that students can plant winter crops.
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The Taft High School Drumline will hold a series of music and rhythm holiday performance to spread good cheers and benefit the neighborhood community near William Howard Taft High School, a diverse, Title I-funding eligible public school in the Los Angeles Unified School District. The programs will be lead by music and rhythm leaders who are experienced with marching band or ensemble drumming. Participants are youths and senior citizens and will number from 40-50 each session.
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We will build a garden in the back yard of the school that is fenced to keep out the deer that are prevalent eaters here, with raised beds to be used for planting in the spring of 2018. The garden will be built by parent volunteers from our school, including members of the newly formed Green Committee. The design for the garden will be a collaborative effort between parents, teachers, and children.
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We will test our drinking water sources and evaluate them Against bottled water sources to educate
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We are doing different things for different areas: a butterfly garden, drought tolerant plantings, seed bombing with native wildflowers.
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Raising trout will definitely foster an awareness and responsibility to preserve and conserve wild life in New York. We will use the donation to help us pay for the $200 dollar fee to watch the process of spawning at the Visitor Center in Newtown Wastewater Treatment Plant and obtaining fertilized trout eggs for our classroom.

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