We hope to create several raised beds for students to plant and care for a variety of fruits and vegetables.
Veggie gardens- hen laying- biodynamic compost- goat rearing- water enlivening- chamampas building- wildlife flourishing- flower lushness- bird nurturing- tree planting while warmly caring for the children of Siem reap, their mothers and their families with community festivals and relationship weaving around a Waldorf inspired kindergarten.
Our project will create a garden space that provides a variety of seasonal vegetables. The garden space will be attached to cooking classes that will introduce community members to new healthy recipes. To increase the butterfly population in our community, we will plant a small butterfly garden!
We plan to talk with the school cafeteria workers and try to convince them of providing us with fresh and healthy food. We plan to buy things such as gloves, hair-caps, napkins, dustbins and others so as to improve the sanitation of the surrounding. We plan to do this with the joint effort and agreement of the students, faculty, administration as well as the cafeteria.
Starting February 8th, the children will begin by drawing a map of the campus and include all the wildlife they have seen. Then they will cut open a couple of pumpkins from our gardens, fill them with dried corn, goat grain, and birdseed. The children will place the pumpkins in the woods boarding the east side of our school campus. Teachers will place a camera to video record animals that come to eat from the pumpkins day and night. The children will hypothesize what animals will visit their pumpkin feeders over the next month. They will also use the clues they have learn about to identify what animals came, by looking for the tracks, fur, and scat of the animals.
We are only aged between 4-8 years old but we have the power to create change. We are committed to raising money to buy food for members of our community who need a hand right now. We will use our pocket money that we earn over the next 4 weeks to buy food for the hampers that the team at Father Bobs Foundation put together weekly. We want to earn our money ourselves and we will do our own shopping on 11 March with the money we have raised.
Students will construct a composting station that educates students on what is compostable and what is not. We will have a design competition in the middle school to encourage students to get involved in the process. In addition, students will also present to the school community the importance of our composting program and how composting will be done on campus. Each compost station will have a student volunteer who will help kids learn which items can be composted and then the buckets of compost will be taken to the school garden.
WHAT MY PROJECT DOES Keeps people warmer when it's cold to prevent them from getting sick. Helps low-income people not have to spend money for a hat, scarf, or gloves and put money towards something else they need. Helps people down and out realize that other people truly do care about their needs and are willing to provide them with something that helps their everyday life. Trust me, when its freezing cold and the wind is whipping these items make a difference for someone who would not have them otherwise. HOW WILL YOU DO IT? Using my leftover yarn from knitting projects I make throughout the year and any donations of yarn or money for yarn that people are willing to give me. I encourage crafty people to contribute or donate to the project if they wish to for a combined effort. :) If people wish to contribute to my project a single skein of the yarn I use can make about 1 1/2 to 2 children's hats. Or one skein can make a hat for an adult. It takes me about a day to make 1 hat. The yarn I use comes in a variety of colors and costs 3.99 without tax included. I am hoping by next Christmas I will have at least a large box of hats, scarves, and mittens to donate. Mittens usually take about a skein a piece or 2 for a pair. Scarves usually take 2 or 3 skeins depending on length.` If people would rather just donate a hat, gloves, or mittens that is fine too! WHAT PROGRESS HAVE I MADE? Currently, I have made 4 children's size hats for the project. WHAT ARE MY GREATEST CHALLENGES? Getting people to participate and donate. Teaching young people how to knit or crochet. I love to try and help people learn but sometimes I just don't feel I know maybe the best way to teach a young person. Once people are older they usually have more patience and can follow instructions step by step. But young kids kind of struggle to stay engaged and it can seem overwhelming to them.
By investing a lot of effort and planning into marketing and promotional advertisements, Eco Freaks plans to find innovative ways to get the North Hollywood community to reduce, reuse, and recycle. By connecting with the school's ASB Leadership, Eco Freaks will expand marketing through the production and dissemination of recycling posters. By reaching out to the Los Angeles Conservation Corps' Recycling, Eco Freaks will solidify a partnership with the Corps in hopes to receive profit from collected recyclables. By distributing recycling bins throughout all classrooms on campus, Eco Freaks hopes to promote good recycling habits. And by constituting a sustainability plan, Eco Freaks hopes to make recycling a permanent feature on campus.
Our project will inform students of the physical and mental health benefits associated with gardening and how they can be change agents in their community. Our students are impacted by crime, poverty, and gang violence on a daily basis so in order to combat these daily stresses, that can hinder their educational experience, our project will provide a healthy escape for our students. Students will be taught proper care, maintenance, and upkeep of their garden by Mr. Lennahan our 8th grade science teacher. In the process of caring for the plants I hope for this to be a meditative experience for them too. Additionally, our project will encourage students to eat more healthy foods by informing them of recipes they can use their vegetables for. Further, our project will enhance our students overall learning outcomes by incorporating a more hands on learning experience through their interactions with the garden.