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Our group made food for winter creatures that visit our yards! We purchased peanut butter, bagels, vegetable shortening, & bird/animal seed at a dollar store. The kids slathered halved bagels with the peanut butter, then dipped them into the seeds. Next they tied yarn onto the bagels, so they could hang them in their trees. After the adults heated the shortening, the kids poured more seed into it,and stirred until it was mixed. We then poured them into individual-sized yogurt cups that people had been saving. they took them home to freeze. once solid, we popped them out of their cups, and hung them in mesh produce bags we'd been saving.
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We collected non-perishable food from the neighborhood and donated it to a local family shelter.
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We collected mittens, hats and scarves and decorated a tree. These items were taken to Northwest Children's Outreach and given to children in need.
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Made pine cone bird feeders and cereal garland for the birds and squirrels. Hung these outdoors on trees on our property and the children took one home for the birds and squirrels in their yards.
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We collected recycled containers such as coffee cans, egg cartons, and plastic dairy tubs. We decoupaged these to cover the surface and decorated them with tissue paper, glitter and sequins to make gift containers that could be used for cookies, candy or other holiday gifts.
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On both Monday and Tuesday, I went hiking in Washington Valley Park in Bridgewater, NJ. This park is beautiful!!!!!!!!! A mountainous area where nature is at its peak in biodiversity. Who knew that such a place existed, especially here in Somerset County! It was an incredible hike. On Monday, I went alone. I know the park like the back of my hand, if not better! It was mind-blowing! I took pictures and will be posting them today. Anyway, yesterday I returned with my step-sister, aunt and cousin to the park. They enjoyed it, though they were extremely tired! This showed them that nature is mighty and majestic, and is highly significant in the end result of the survival of biodiversity. I led them all around, assuring them I knew where I was at all times. I'm thinking to be a tour guide there, or at least I wish I could be!
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The School at Sweetser's Roots & Shoots group created artwork as Messages of Peace. We mailed the artwork to the New England Roots & Shoots office, as part of the Peace Through the Arts campaign. The Messages of Peace will be sent via the Well Wishes and Blessings Project to bring hope to youth in Baghdad, Iraq.
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We participated in a community involvement project as part of the Deschutes County Fair. We decorated shoe boxes and filled them with playing cards, cross-word puzzle books, colored pencils and other art materials, yarn, puzzles, tea bags, and other items. The boxes were then distributed to assisted living facilities throughout the county.
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In an effort to develop environmental awareness, we participate in a monthly nature walk (weather permitting). On our walks, we enjoy learning about plants and animals in their natural habitat. Each month focuses on a different theme. Past themes have included, seed dispersal, insects, pond life and conifers.
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We gathered one afternoon to make pine cone bird feeders. The kids covered their pine cones with peanut butter and then rolled them in bird seed. The cones were then hung from a tree in our backyards for birds.

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