The Project of the Month award recognizes and celebrates Roots & Shoots groups who are doing incredible work in their communities. In sharing these projects with you, we hope to help inspire your next Roots & Shoots project. Click here to learn more about the Project of the Month award.

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Project: Pink

Project: Pink is a community campaign with a mission to ensure that women in the Rehoboth, MA area are equipped with the menstrual hygiene products they need. I organized a drive for my local food pantry and assistance program that ran during October and November of 2016. In total, 170 boxes of pads and tampons were collected! Keep reading...

 

 

Dress Like Jane, Be Like Jane

Nine-year-old Evie Lauzon raised over $900 for the Jane Goodall Institute this Halloween when she dressed as Dr. Jane and trick-or-treated for donations instead of candy. To share her vision and goal, Evie and her mother wrote and distributed a letter and posted the letter on Facebook. They made a page on the Jane Goodall Institute’s Team Jane platform to collect donations and get people invested and pumped up about the idea. Where it went from there, no one expected.

 

Read our conversation with Evie and learn how you can donate to her cause or start your own fundraiser here.

 

 

A Peace of Earth

We all have strong reactions to words like war, hunger and destruction. We immediately produce images of tragedy — it comes easily as we have been immersed in violence either personally or through film and television for most if not all of our lives. When we think of the word peace however, it is more difficult for us to articulate what we may imagine. Moreover, what we each see or identify as peaceful could be widely different. One thing unites us as we consider peace, — it is the freedom from distress, from violence and from harm. What would peace look like as a place? In New York, peace is on the garden path. Keep reading...

 

 

The Great Pollinator Hunt

Good ideas take little to spread and blossom once they take flight. With a bit of positive pollen, each of us is capable of both learning more about our environment, and transferring that information to others for the benefit of all. At the Kona-Kohala Greenschool in Honaunau and Kapaau, Hawaii, students and educators are idea keepers and took wing to study and report on pollinators – and the result is a swarm of impact. Keep reading...

 

Water, What Is It Good For? Absolutely Everything!

Roots & Shoots youth in Colorado are keen observers, just like Jane, and saw that in an arid environment, understanding where water comes from and how it is used in their community at every level is essential. Fresh water is precious: out of 326 million trillion gallons of earths total water, it compromises only 3%. To better understand this resource, students (ages 6-10) at Skyview School of STEM examined the use of water by looking to the sky and what was under their feet – researching water towers and learning about their local watershed (even engineering their own!). Keep reading...

 

 

St. Louis Park Climate Action Plan

In St. Louis Park, a group of young people leading a Roots & Shoots chapter out of their high school have a wish for their city: “Our wish is that the City of St. Louis Park accepts our climate inheritance resolution and proceeds to develop a Climate Action plan that brings the city to net zero carbon emissions.” During a recent meeting of the St. Louis Park Council, Roots & Shoots youth leaders graded the council giving the governing body a lot to think about in terms of how they measure up in their responsibilities for the environment and sustainability. Keep reading...

 

 

 

Raised Garden Beds For Women

For 30 years, Haiti Plunge Inc. has brought youth groups to work with nine bush mountain villages in the central plateau of Haiti. Since last year, youth have been building raised gardens for women next to their houses to increase the amount of food they can provide for their children. Teams of youth can build two raised gardens a day. Their greatest challenge is hiking the lumber through the bush to get to their houses which are scattered all over the mountainside. 


 

 

 

Saving Water One Drop at a Time

The Roots & Shoots group at Polytechnic School in Pasadena, California tested and adjusted the automatic faucets at their school to save approximately 300 gallons of water at the school every day. Watch the video to learn how they conducted their survey of the school's water use and made a huge impact.

 

 

Endangered Animals

The Roots & Shoots group at SK Pulau Perhentian Primary School in Terengganu, Malaysia studied several endangered species native to their community and created an awareness video to share what they learned. 

 

 

Ocean Awareness

The Roots & Shoots group at Latham School in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania have been hard at work on an Ocean Awareness project that included research and posters about several issues surrounding the devastating effects of humans on oceans as well as a beach clean up near the school.

Saving Native Wildlife

Wildlife Champions, a Roots & Shoots group in Waukesha, Wisconsin, worked with a local wildlife rehabilitation center to learn if and when human intervention is needed in a wildlife emergency, and what to do if so. The group then shared the information they gathered with elementary students at their school.  We spoke with the group leader, Nerissa Borgen about their project. 

Q: How did you choose this project? 
A: I was a volunteer at a wildlife rehabilitation center in the area that also presents to my environmental science class (the class that did the project). I realized there was a need to inform my students and the younger generations about wildlife emergencies and times when humans do not need to intervene. If human intervention is needed, I wanted them to realize how to best do that.

Q: How did your work impact the community, people, animals and environment? 
A: This work benefited the community by raising awareness about what to do when an injured or orphaned wild animal is found. Some people don't realize the "parenting styles" of wild animals and might think that a baby animal is orphaned when it really isn't. They also learned the safe handling or safe intervention steps when an injured animal is found. The project benefited the people by keeping themselves safe when encountering wildlife that may need their help. It benefited the animals because, if they don't need human intervention, they can remain in nature where they belong.

Q: How does Dr. Jane Goodall inspire your group?
A: My students are inspired by Jane Goodall because they can see the good going on in the world when, a lot of times, the class can end up focusing on what is going wrong with the environment.

 

 

Mentoring Our Future

KYE-YAC, a Roots & Shoots group in Hot Springs, Arkansas, identified a student population who would benefit from mentoring and guidance from older students. Members of KYE-YAC worked with these students, most from low-income communities, to improve reading and writing skills and prepare for 2nd grade.

KYE-YAC is led by Kye M., a member of the Roots & Shoots U.S. National Youth Leadership Council


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