Most people who have never been out of their home country wouldn't plan to lead a group of youth on a 10-day journey to the Peruvian rainforest. But not everyone is Credell, "Cre" Walls, the new Roots & Shoots Illinois State Coordinator.
Cape Cod Times
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Cape teen will be national fellow for Jane Goodall's group -- As a youth leader in Roots & Shoots, David E. Chase Jr. is accustomed to fundraising, public speaking, international travel and accompanying renowned researcher Jane Goodall as she encourages programs that save the planet and its animals.
But even Chase, 17, was a bit surprised when he learned his work with the environmental youth group would have him addressing world leaders at the United Nations this fall.
Middletown, New York
SUNY project helps feral feline dilemma -- Here kitty, kitty. Cute little kitty.
But it can be a short trip for that kitty from the arm of the couch to an empty field or abandoned building, from king of the house to feral cat, king of the wild.
"It's a huge risk," said SUNY Ulster assistant professor and veterinarian Beth Alden. Feral cats can fight and spread disease to other cats. They can bite children. It's a huge problem, she said.
Columbia, South Carolina
Students build bike to serve community -- One lucky person now has transportation to and from work because of one idea and the hard work of a group of fifth graders.
When Dave Freireich became a mentor to one student at A.C. Moore Elementary School his commitment to helping others didn't stop there.
This spring, there are many reasons for hope—including Hope, the pygmy rabbit!
If someone tells the members of Burr Elementary School R&S group that they look like trash, they take it as a compliment.
"I love my best friend and my pen friend ... I like games, reading and studying English."
"I like swimming and my stroke is like an alligator ...."
"My goal is being a nurse to help my country."
"I like planting trees to help the environment."
These are the words of kids. Maybe they sound like the words of a happy kid in your life.
Lincoln Journal Star
The makings of an environmentalist -- It started with a frog’s song.
A young Mitch Paine, lying awake in his family's home in Eagle, heard croaking through his open window and was suddenly captivated.
Excited, he ran to his parents' room: “The frogs are singing to me!" He was just 4 or 5 years old but sensed a new realization: Nature needs love, too.
But the frogs don’t sing anymore. Mitch isn’t sure why. Maybe predators came along. Maybe pollution forced them out.
The Daily Titan
Students 'Go Green' at Roots & Shoots Event -- Keeping the environment healthy has always been a big issue, but lately with such films as "An Inconvenient Truth," and celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio supporting the "Go Green" effort, the environment has been on many people's minds.
The Circle, The student newspaper of Marist College
Poughkeepsie, New York