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At STEM Launch K-8, we struggle with these issues in our community. The majority of our students walk to school from the surrounding trailer parks. Our school is in a "food desert" with a lack of healthy options nearby. We are close to a Little Caesar's and 7-11. Our students have identified that they also have a lack of options for fitness and that money and time are factors which limit their parents from exercising. Recently our local councilwoman came to talk to the students and shared that while we live in the most populated section of the city of Thornton, we have the least amount of parks and open space, which also hinders physical activity levels. These are just a few components of the problem that students have already identified, but we believe there are more. Our fourth-grade students will take an inquiry-based approach to determine how our school community can improve our nutritional intake as well as increase physical activity. The students hope to interview families and hold a Family Fit Fest where we will connect them to partners who can offer advice and resources. They also proposed developing interactive and fun brain breaks to play on announcements, especially during the high stakes test season which is coming up soon. We will know our campaign is successful if we are able to run a consistent communication campaign which informs and motivates our community to make healthy choices. We will collect qualitative and quantitative data on the choices students make in the cafeteria as well as the activity minutes that students are logging. In addition, we will base our success on how many families come to our Family Fit Fest on May 2nd, 2019. We will also know this campaign is successful based on the partnerships we are able to make and strengthen. So far we have partnered with our district nutrition department, who came out to talk to the kids. We have also partnered with Fuel Up to Play 60 and have an assembly scheduled for the Bronco's mascot to come out and talk to the kids about the importance of movement.
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This is a 12 month project. Students attend the nature camp at least one day each month where we perform seasonal duties. October brings in a 3 day harvest festival when we prepare our food and tinctures for distribution.
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We will prepare food packages and deliver them to famiies in need who are immobilized. Working with local churches to build bridges of sustainability and support for those disabled, unemployed and experiecing hardship.
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Our pantry will provide supplemental food to families in need. Combat hunger on many levels via our mobile pantry. Helping families who can't get around survive by bringing the food to their doors.
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We will host a parent and community outreach night at the school celebrating literacy in all forms at the school. It will be a night of culture, books, and fun.
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We will host a parent and community outreach night at the school celebrating literacy in all forms at the school. It will be a night of culture, books, and fun.
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Students will create a fundraiser in the Fall to raise money for the materials to build hail protection for our spring gardens on the school property.
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The project is to activate the garden in the community center ”Entre Amigos”. We will grow food, herbs and make experiments that will help the kids re-connect with the laws of nature and build better consumer habits. We will get sporadic visits from Fochican, a toothless chihuahua-mix rescue doggo, to encourage us with her magic tongue.
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This project aims to raise awareness about the effects of illegal use of poisoned baits in the natural environment, biodiversity and society. More specifically, we will educate students of semi-urban environments on the effects of pesticides against rodents on the trophic webs, using Tyto alba (Barn-owls) as a case study. Moreover, we will build and place nest-boxes around schools and provide students with instructions on how to build their own. In this way, we are setting an example on how rodent populations can be locally controlled by barn-owls rather than pesticides.

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