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The parents and students from our school devote an hour or so one Sunday a month to help feed the homeless of Houston through the Lord of the Streets program.
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Children and parents gathered 17 pounds of food for donation to FSA of Redlands.
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The Earth Savers Roots & Shoots Group met on April 27th, 2007 to celebrate trees. We read the story, "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein, made tree door hangers for each child's bedroom, and shared poems and songs that the children either wrote themselves or chose from books. The children also made "tree sculptures" in which they posed as a particular type of tree and had their photos taken. We even had a "forest." It was a wonderful way to celebrate trees and all that they mean to us as humans.
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Here at Sagewood we've been recycling inkjet throughout the year. We collect them in a box at the front office to avoid polluting our earth. We send them off to a recycling plants that specialize in ink cartridges. Then, they are reused and don't pollute the planet.
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We went to an elementary school in our area and talked to them about Roots & Shoots and what they can do to help the environment.
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Our club walked along the Bayou Gulch trail, picking up any trash we saw. We filled up six bags each time we went during our three trips. We picked up many sharp objects that could have been harmful to the wildlife living in that area. This was a non-profit activity we choose to do for the environment and community.
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In cooperation with members of the Washington D.C.-area chapter of the University of California, Berkeley Alumni Association, several of us participated in the annual "Hands On DC" volunteer day. Hands On DC is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that conducts an annual citywide work-a-thon to improve the physical condition of Washington, D.C. public schools, raises funds to support local college scholarship programs and encourages greater community involvement in the public schools. A couple Berkely alumni registered us for the event and coordinated our particiation. We met in the morning at Springarn High School in Southeast D.C. and then were assigned to Bunker Hill Elementary School in Northeast D.C. A few participants collected pledges for their work or made personal donations to Hands On DC. Most of us spent the day repainting a room in the school. We listened to the radio and got acquainted with one another, as none of us had met before. The paint colors were Shell White, Desert Sunset and Blue Brisk, and the room looked so much brighter and happier when we finished. Bunker Hill has enrollment of about 250, so we may have brightened the days of 250 students! Some members of our group helped clean out a basement storage area at the school, lugging heavy equipment up stairs and outside. Once the painting was done, we made sure to clean up the mess we'd made, and we left a note on the blackboard for the Bunker Hill staff and students. Then, we gave ourselves a round of applause and snapped a few pictures of our group.
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Plainfield Youth in Action was a proud participant in the Earth Day Groceries Project, one of the oldest and largest educational projects. This is a cost-free environmental awareness project in which students from local schools decorate paper grocery bags with environmental messages for Earth Day. With the help of students from six of our elementary schools, we were able to decorate over 2500 bags for four local area stores! That translates into a successful public awareness campaign that raised consciousness about environmental issues. It was also a great opportunity for the students to get more involved while also learning about current environmental issues. Not to mention the art work was fantastic!
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Seeds of Hope project was an Earth Day celebration in which youth made starter pots out of recycled paper and then planted seeds to take home and grow. These "Seeds of Hope" were also planted around local area parks for beatification and nature appreciation purposes as well. Seeds were donated by the America the Beautiful Fund.
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The children and parents took a tour of the recycling facility. They were able to view almost the entire facility from 2nd story glass windows, with active sorting of the materials going on below. It is a sorting facility, so they don't actually recycle anything on-site, other than recycling green waste into compost. They sort the material for recycling, package it, and ship it off to various plants for re-manufacturing. The manager gave a basic overview of what they do, what we were seeing in the facility, and the process of how the materials are sorted. He also discussed exactly which materials they handle. Questions and answers were going on throughout. They had a hands-on table with examples of different materials that can be recycled, and different things they can be made into (old concrete being crushed into ground cover material, soda bottles made into Trex decking material, etc.). Each child took home a handout of all the different materials that can go into recycle bins, and a pencil.

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