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Over the last 5 months I've been collecting and preparing for the SMART Bag delivery to a local title 1 school's entire 2nd grade class. I will present the bags filled with elements from science, math, art, reading and technology.
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Our project at Noble Middle School is to create a healthy vegetable and herb garden. In hope of feeding the hungry in our community and creating a beautiful space at our school, we have planted rosemary, beebalm, and tomatoes. We will continue to water our plants and take care of them through a schedule we have assembled that includes all of our class members.
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A few years ago at Noble Middle School, an outdoor classroom was built as part of an Eagle Scout's final project. The benches are arranged in a semicircle near a mature tree. Although it is a nice space, the benches have become weathered since they did not have any kind of finish on them. We decided by voting to make a garden around this space and to paint the benches to protect them from further deterioration. SKETCHES ADD HERE As a means to raise funds for a charity, we wanted to have other students pay $1 to have their painted hand prints added to the benches once we finished painting them white.
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We started by voting on a project to do. Once we selected birdhouses to make, we had to do research on the type of birds we wanted to create a habitat for with our project. After research, we selected the Carolina Chickadee. We also researched the kind of houses the Carolina Chickadee likes and printed out blueprints of the design. Next, we went outside to scout locations and found 4 places near the trees and bushes. We dug holes for the posts and continued to take pictures and videos of our ongoing project. Using pre-cut lumber, we assembled the birdhouses and painted them. We are currently researching fun facts about chickadees and Roots and Shoots to create our educational signs.
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The Tom McCall Roots&Shoots group has planned to take 3 field trips to Nana Cardoon Urban Farm and Learning Center. Our primary objective would be to explore and have “hands on” experience with natural food systems. Nana Cardoon offers a rich environment for developing understanding of plant growth, harvest, processing, preservation, and preparation. A secondary objective would be developing deeper connections to our community and its assets. Expanding our understanding of Forest Grove will help us develop meaningful community projects.
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Every year we look forward to making these edible necklaces for the chimpanzees at the Chimps, Inc sanctuary in Bend, Oregon. We hope to increase our awareness of the problems with wild animals being used by the entertainment industry, drug companies, and being raised in people's homes. It feels good to bring some joy into these chimps lives. The necklaces are made with cherrios, dried fruit (figs, apples, two kinds of dates, raisins) and natural jute string. Before making the necklaces, we learned about the individual chimps at the sanctuary, as well as their distinctive personalities. They each have a sad story of abuse and neglect prior to arriving at Chimps, Inc. Sancturary.
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We started work on this project in October by learning about how extreme poverty affects the lives of young people growing up throughout the world. We then started into taking action by making paper hands with message of support and uplift. For every hand we create and decorate with positive messages, the Bezos Family Foundation will donate $1.90—up to $500,000—to Save the Children’s programs empowering youth in Nicaragua and Indonesia to rise into a life they dream for themselves. The actual making of the hands is really quite easy and fun to do. We hope to share the project with other classrooms and at a community event in January.
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Students collaborated and researched the types of fruits and vegetables that they could potentially grow at a school site with limited access to water, but that will be provide the necessary nutrition that will sustain them...at least until lunch time. They looked at types of window boxes and amount of sun needed, etc., on a limited budget as well. Once we had that information and shared in around our conference table, the real work began. So far, students have planted strawberries, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, cucumber, and kale. They even have a lime tree, and a grape vine! The next step is to care for the plants until harvest, all the while looking for recipes that students can easily prepare. The ultimate goal is to create food oases around our campus that provide healthy snacks for our school community! Meanwhile, we have to identify and (possibly) design a way to collect water so that our oases remain sustainable. We're looking for ways to collect rainwater and to bring water to our gardens that will follow our school's and school district's guidelines, so that this project will prove to be a beneficial one to the entire student population.
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Girls Teaching Girls is a group aimed at teaching elementary school girls leadership skills and empowerment. We will do this by planning lessons which focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), nutrition and body awareness, art, and outdoor education. Every lesson will be taught with the aim of empowering and teaching the girls that they can do anything they put their minds to.
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Teach teenagers: through workshops and hands on projects. Water garden: rainwater collectors. Group meals: prepare, cook and eat together the produce from the garden. Welcoming space: a green space with chairs and benchs.

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