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I will provide baskets and signage for them to put extra or unwanted nonperishable food items in, so others may take what they need.
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Eco Ryders will host four rounds of three week long comprehensive environmental justice classes. The classes will review issues that effect local Bronx youth (example... Lead poisoning, asthma rates, zoning laws) and review how these issues connect to the environment and to policy. Each week will go over an umbrella subject moving from Food&Health to the Environment and then to Policy. Each week will look at the umbrella subject from a local, national and then global perspective in the hopes of showing students how all these issues connect. In addition students will engage in hands on stewardship by helping to maintain community gardens and perform lead testing in community food gardens. As a reward and intensive for joining Eco Ryders students will be taught how to design their own skateboards for free. We like using skateboarding as a tool to attract interest because it also helps to promote healthy living.
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Our group is traveling to the San Xavier Co-op Farm to volunteer and learn about the farm's beneficiary, the O'odham Nation. We will be harvesting local produce and learning about farming methods as well as local and native foods. The store nearby sells the harvest and all the proceeds go back to the Nation. We will also receive education about the Tohono O'odham.
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Students will use mathematical knowledge, in measurement, ratio, and geometry to design and build their own vertical gardens. In addition, they will address 6th grades standards of Engineering and Design and Materials and Tools. Furthermore, the vertical gardens will provide exposure to alternate food production options to our students and family while simultaneously producing crops for the school to use in the cafeteria and farmer’s market.
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For one day only, on 9/11, students will collect food items and donate them to Neighbor-to-Neighbor, a nonprofit organization serving residents in need throughout the Greenwich area. Club members will accept donations, then sort and pack items for delivery to Neighbor-to-Neighbor.
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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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