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We placed two plastic barrels in our school cafeteria. Group members collect bins when full. They also smash and count the cans. One of our other members goes to a different school and does the thing. The cans go to the organization Cans for Africa.
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We planned and organized a booth at our local Arbor Day celebration. We sold crafts that our group made, we also had display boards providing people with information about Roots & Shoots, Jane Goodall, Cans For Africa and deforestation.
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We met up with zoo educator, for the Oklahoma City Zoo, in the zoo's work room. Our group collected empty 2 liter bottles and washed them out, then we covered the inside of bottles with honey and the poured mixtures of nuts into the bottles. The zoo keepers placed bottles in indoor enclosure and placed sticks next to bottles hoping that they would use them as tools. We then observed there behavior when they saw and ate the treats.
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Our group made and flew a giant Peace Dove at Jane Goodall's "A Reason for Hope" lecture in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
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Our group was invited to be presenters at the Gales Creek Watershed Conference on April 7 at Pacific University. We set up a table with our R&S display board as well as our "Leaf Pack" board. Leaf Pack was a water quality science experiment we ran on a local creek. The unique part of being there was that we were the only youth group. Most of the presentations and displays were put on by scientific experts and professional agencies. In spite of that, we were well received. It felt great to be a part of this adult event and we learned a lot. The conference's purpose was to explore the issues of water quality in our local watershed and to celebrate some of the successes in improving it. There were speakers, panel discussions, story tellers and movies. At the conclusion, we all went out on "field trips" into the watershed to see successful projects. We went out to the "Rippling Water" site. Only 4 of our members were able to attend, but they really enjoyed it. We plan to be part of this conference next year
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On April 14th, we were invited to participate in the community wide event, "New to Forest Grove". The purpose of the event was to showcase the various organizations and agencies located in Forest Grove. It was an introduction for newly arrived residents as well as a celebration for the community as a whole. We set up a table with our display board. We displayed and promoted our "Bottles for Sea Turtles" project and the upcoming SOLV IT event, as well as all the other projects we do. We fit in quite well and felt great about being part of this community event. We even learned more about other things happening in our community.
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In March, as a build up to Earth Day, we started up a school wide project that we called "Bottles for Sea Turtles". This innovative program is sponsored by Earth's Birthday Project. We are collecting 20 oz. plastic bottles (basic pop bottles plus others) which are sent off to be reused by an innovative company that fills them with liquefied worm compost. This product by 'TerraCycle' is widely available in major stores like Home Depot. TerraCycle provides the prepaid boxes to ship bottles to them. They also give $.05 per bottle in our name to Leatherback Sea Turtle habitat restoration in Costa Rica. If we can collect 1,000 bottles, it will result in one full acre of habitat restored and protected. This project has multi purposes. We have researched the issues faced by sea turtles and spread this message throughout the school and community. The bottles are re-used. We have had some great discussions about this, deepening our awareness of "reduce, reuse, recycle". Another message to the school is that our individual actions (just on bottle!) makes a difference. So far, we have collected over 400 bottles, but we are continuing to collect. The Terra Cycle campaign will run through December of this year, so we will most likely continue next year. We highly recommend this project to any Roots & Shoots group!
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At the beginning of the year, we decided to undergo a year-long fundraising project. We researched multiple charities and voted on Tchimpounga. Then we had two bake sales in front of a local grocery store. These occurred in the weekends before Thanksgiving and Valentine's day when many people were anxious to buy baked goods; this greatly assisted our profits. Members contributed home-baked goods and informative flyers about Tchimpounga. We were amazed by the positive feedback and support of the shoppers. We combined the profits made from the bake sales with the money we made from selling reusable canvas grocery bags and donated $550.00 to Tchimpounga sanctuary in late April. We presented the check to Jane Goodall after hearing her speak at Western Connecticut State University.
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We raised money to buy host plants to attract about 6 different species of butterflies. We have planted most of our plants in our local library garden. Some of our plants will attract Monarchs, Pipevine Swallows, Zebra Swallowtails, Buckeyes, Varigated Fitilaries and Black Swallowtails. Since we have a crisis with our honey bees it is important that we help our pollinators survive and by teaching children how to raise and protect these beautiful creatures from egg to butterfly; we also teach them science and empathy for nature. We raised money with a flea market sale, and we also had a local art show with 10 artists at a beauty salon grand opening. Even the Mayor showed up and helped us out. Our money will be used to build a screen in house to protect the caterpillars until they can be released into the gardens as butterflies.
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A group of six members participated in a town center cleanup project. We removed trash from an approximately 1/2 mile stretch of the banks of the Norwalk River, which lies near the town center and the roadside. We managed to collect nearly six black garbage bags full of trash. The bottles and cans that we collected were then recycled. We deposited the trash in a dumpster in town. The trash amassed consisted primarily of plastic bags, bottles, cans, and styrofoam peanuts. Not only did this project aid the human community by beautifying the town center and creating a more attractive and habitable area for Wiltonians, but it also helped the environment. We removed much trash, especially plastic bags, that could potentially harm river wildlife. We are in the process of adopting an area of this river to keep clean through the River Rangers project of the Norwalk River Watershed Association.

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