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.
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.
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.
Our reading cart travels around to various classrooms. This project will provide the funds to purchase healthy snacks to place on the cart as it travels throughout the school. Students will be able to snack on fruits and vegetables while reading their favorite books thus nourishing their minds and bodies.
Students will reduce paper waste by designing websites for teachers. Teachers will be able to share class resources digitally vs. printing on paper. Students will also design posters for each classroom with a printer to ensure that students select the right printer and settings when printing. Students will also design posters with photos of typically available products at our school that will be displayed at each recycling station to encourage proper recycling.
I want people to understand how air quality affects the overall well being of people. Three of my siblings that all grew up in the same neighborhood got asthma and I believe that there is a correlation between air quality and rates of respiratory diseases/ infections.
This project will expose the women to different opportunities such as new projects' ideas, skills and mindset change. This will be possible through connecting them with various opportunities such as entrepreneural projects and get them involved in decisions making as well as creating changes as a group.
Done through the 2019-2020 school year. The learning objective to the kindergarten students is to learn the parts of a seed and observing and measuring process of germination. One of the science and math learning outcomes for Kindergarten is to identify the factors that affect plant growth including soil, water, and light. Students will plant seeds and observe their growth over time in different conditions to identify which factors are essential for plant growth. The learning objective for the elementary students is assess the environmental conditions related to plant growth. Students will test a variety of soil types (top soil, potting soil, sand, water, organic and conventional) and determine which type of soil leads to more productive plant growth. The learning objective for middle school students is to design and implement a building project. The students will use the equipment purchased through grant funding to design and build the hanging garden. The Middle School will have leadership roles by facilitating the research projects in the elementary school and kindergarten. The middle school students will also use our soil test kits to collect data on the different t types of soil used by the elementary students.
We will make a weather station by buying an anemometer, barometer, hygrometer, rain gauge, thermometer and weather journal. Members of the “Peace Lillies” (our gardening group) will collect the data and use it to help create weekly garden plans for planting, weeding, harvesting and planning. Our weather station will let us participate in citizen science groups and share our information in our school and community as a news service. That will help us get more publicity and bring in more volunteers to grow our garden. Weather data and tools will also be used by science teachers for a practical perspective on the reality of climate change.
Through FUNDERS & DONOR'S, The BEEKEEPING project will provide a continuous experience for the people involved, and get more people involved in activities that will increase their knowledge concerning Conservation And hence will reduce the impacts towards Environment. Establishment of this project relies on the founding of 200 hives on community land as well as the training of key people in beekeeping skills.