Local organizations can provide us with trees for a nominal fee of about $75 per tree (this depends on size and type). With a $200 grant and other money raised, we could bring large or numerous trees to campus. We are coordinating with our school's administration to facilitate this process, find good locations for the trees, and get them planted. Our help will make sure that planting new trees is funded regardless of the school's budget. We hope to plant the trees by the end of May 2015. The exact timing will depend on the availability of funding, the schedule of the administration, and other potential issues like providing the trees with appropriate irrigation in our dry climate. We are well-organized and in contact with the necessary people at all times, so as soon as we secure the resources needed to plant the trees, we will do so. If there are new trees on campus, we will know that our campaign was successful. It will be visible, but we will also conduct a campaign to make sure students and teachers recognize the role of the school's Roots & Shoots group in the project. The project overall will result in happier students, lower energy bills, cleaner air, and a more beautiful environment.
My students will plant a butterfly garden on our school grounds.
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We hold this event once a year and return to the same beach to clean up the garbage on the beach. We split into small groups, with one trash bag per group, and hand out gloves. The groups then collect the trash in the bags and carry them uphill, where a garbage truck picks up the bags.
Our students will create and construct the bird feeders and bird bath(s). They will also have the opportunity to decorate these to add color to our garden. Students will also construct and decorate mosaic stepping stones that will beautify our garden space. They will be given the opportunity to be creative and use their imagination to create a mosaic design. Our school is located within a neighborhood community and the garden is accessible to the community. The students will be able to share this project with their family, peers and community. Our hope is to create a space that inspires the students and the surrounding community.
Spread awareness about shark fin soup. Stop people from selling shark fin soup.
This project will get the garden ready for the new plants by cutting back the dead plants. The garden is supposed to attract butterflies and bees, our pollinators.
Our project will strive to create a healthy habitat. We will visit the conservatory to learn more about butterflies. We will study our environment and how it will support the butterfly requirements. We will record our findings and make a butterfly log.
We will plant! I plan on researching drought-resistant, hardy plants to put in the high traffic areas. Also, we will need to add some mulch and nutrient-rich soil to replace the sandy soil that's there now. Lastly, we'll add some sort of temporary barier so the plants can get some much-needed time to grow and prosper. This will take place during our annual school beautification day with students and parents from kindergarten to grade 6 volunteering.
• Make signs and posters to put around the green areas of our school saying: “Don´t tear the plants”, “Don´t play with the plants”, “Don´t touch the plants”, “Don´t eat the plants”. • Watering the plants and the tree: Have a class with a gardener that can explain to us how much water the plants need. Then we make a schedule to go around school watering the plants. • Plant seeds in the dirt areas (ex: next to the auditorium) We can bring seeds from home. The gardener would teach us how to plant them. • Visit the classrooms to explain our plant problems- visual media: PPT presentation, videos (acting), popplet, song. We could present it in the assembly – 3rd-5th grade Groups visit PK-2 grade classes. • Plant bodyguards: Everyday, three of us will bring a green t-shirt. In recess we will stand in the tree area, hall in front of the auditorium and hall in front of the cafeteria to protect the plants in these areas. (the whole class rotates so everyone can be a plant bodyguard).
The timeline is about 3 months, which we started by brainstorming and researching. We have been looking at different models for bird feeders that we can build. We will re-use various materials that otherwise would be thrown out as trash to make our bird feeders. We have brainstormed various questions we have such as whether different kinds of food attract different birds and what kinds of birds are good to attract in our area. We will continue to research about birds, bird feeders, and bird food and decide on models of bird feeders to build. We will present a proposal to the principal to get permission to implement this project, and this will enable the students to put together an organized presentation describing our project, the rationale, and how it will benefit our school community. Guided and facilitated by their teacher, students will read, discuss, use information they gather through research to answer questions, make decisions, organize the information and use the information to support their positions, and create something lasting to benefit their school environment. Hopefully, once the project has been implemented, students will present to various classes or perhaps even to the school. Students can talk about the project as well as how people should interact with birds they observe at the bird feeders.