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We are collecting plastics from campus trash and recycle bins that will be used for the art install. We will have our first showing on the summer solstice. It will stay on campus for a week and then will be displayed at community centers.
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My program will hand out information to people in the surrounding areas about healthy living and try to motivate them to be more active thru daily life changes , and have a class on How to be a better you.
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We will collect food scraps from campus, process them in a three-bin system and turn the food scraps into compost over a three month period. We will be diverting food scraps from the landfill and utilizing the developed compost in our garden.
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We hope to buy signage for the garden, decorate our garden and help to buy new plants for the Winter months.
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My students have been asking me to help them to beautify the campus. They had "a dream" of creating environmentally friendly and enjoyable campus. To do so, they will plant some edible herbs and vegetables.
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We will organize community cleanups every other week, river cleanups when needed, and tree planting events when needed and allowed to by the city! We will gather volunteers, advertise often and effectively, and form community bonds and friendships all while defending our dear environment.
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At the end of very visible 1st street in Missoula, Montana, we would love to implement a permaculture yard to reclaim the soil and demonstrate the power of plants. We want to hire a local mural artist to beautify the building. We want to build a large outdoor compost system to process urban food waste, educate locals on the power of composting, and give back finished soil to the city. We have big dreams and need some financial support.
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We will research the best plants to feed bees and butterflies over winter and source either seeds or plants. When miss 4 graduates from kindergarten instead of anything plastic or things like balloons etc she will give everyone seeds or a plant with instructions to all of the children. She will also stand up and tell everyone how to look after them.
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We are planting some native plants of Hunterdon County in front of our school, Robert Hunter Elementary School. Students have already researched about the importance of native plants and their impact on local habitats. Then students participated in a "Bio Blitz" of the area and took notes of what was already there and what was needed. We hope that the pollinators will provide nectar, pollen and seeds to attract native butterflies, insects, birds and animals.
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Our project tackles a wide variety of issues found in our community, so there is a variety of ways we can measure our impact. First, once the produce we grow is ready to be harvested and given to either the students to take home for their parents to cook with or given to the cafeteria to use in the school lunch for the day , that is an obvious indication that the garden beds and the effort to provide organic, nutritious produce to kids living in "food deserts" was successful. Furthermore, after we work with teachers and faculty at the schools/centers to develop environmental educational lesson plans to teach to the students, we can tell by the students reactions to learning new material how excited they are to have this opportunity. Additionally, the garden beds and tending to them are a good form of therapy for the students who live in harmful environmental exposures, such as air pollution, which often occurs in communities facing SES stressors including deteriorating housing, poor access to health care, high unemployment, crime, and poverty, which may exacerbate negative health effects. Once the students are each given a seedling to plant, and are given the responsibility to take care of it and watch it develop into life, it really benefits the students. Also, once we install the garden beds, we plant milkweed (which is the main food source for monarch butterflies) which instantly attracts monarch butterflies, which almost instantly brightens the entire mood of the campus as well as beautifies it by providing lush pre-sprouted seedlings. Another indicator we use to measure the impact our project has made is when we see the relationship and bonds develop between the volunteers and the students that we bring ht garden beds to. Over time, the students open up to the volunteers and work side by side on the garden bed, not only gaining a hands-on science experiment but also developing a sense of having a role model and someone to look up to. We will collaborate by reaching out to under-served elementary schools and at-risk youth centers in the surrounding community to bring the community together, to unify us through the power of obtaining knowledge. We will also reach out to UF students on campus for those who are interested in volunteering on the garden beds and engaging with the students at these schools/ at-risk youth centers. We will show courage by not allowing the socio-economic cleavages in our community put the under-served students at a disadvantage. We will rise past the deep rooted social-scturture to connect and engage our community to close that gap. We will show courage by not giving up on our mission even if a school or youth center is unable to take on the garden beds and declines our offer, which is the biggest challenge we face. But its okay, we expect this because our goal is to reach out to struggling facilities that need the help. We will increase our compassion by reaching out to more elementary schools and at risk youth centers to make an impact as many students as we can, because we believe they deserve the same opportunities as every other student despite their socio-economic status. We will increase our passion by attempting to the engage the community as much as possible, wether it be from reaching out to more students who could potentially be interested as volunteers, or reaching out to more than just elementary schools but hopefully middle and high schools as well. We will continue to expand and make a difference to the best of our abilities.

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