Dream Night is an international night where zoos host hospitalized children to teach them about animals. Our Zoo Roots & Shoots kids researched different animals and helped out at Dream Night by teaching the kids from Hasbro Children's Hospital about them. Eleven participants contributed 10 hours each.
We hope to raise money to support the Tchimpounga Youth campaign.
Our group developed skits based on the idea of care and concern for the environment, animals and the human community. We hope to expand the skits to create a Roots & Shoots play about environmental conservation that can be performed throughout the region. We partnered with Kalahari Kavango Safari Company. Seventeen participants contributed four hours each
Our group planted flora to benefit local wildlife, particularly Monarch butterflies. We raised Monarch caterpillars and tagged Monarch adults with numbered stickers before releasing them in the garden. We learned recently on the Monarch Watch internet site that one of our tagged Monarchs was found in Mexico! Seventy participants contributed two hours each.
Our group made informational posters about chimps to be displayed in the elementary school. We held a school-wide blanket drive and a family-sponsored yard sale with all money raised going to Save the Chimps. We had a booth at the Santa Fe Artist Market, selling kid-crafted bookmarks, cards and baked goods. Nine students and their parents contributed five hours each. From all of these efforts, we were able to donate 85 blankets and $200 to Save the Chimps. Our group partnered with Debra Roseman of Save the Chimps.
Fourteen of our student-members doing miscellaneous chores over three months raised $39. We sent the money to the National Arbor Day Foundation, which agreed to plant one tree in the areas afflicted by Hurrican Katrina for every dollar sent in. So, our group was instrumental in the planting of 39 trees. Participants contributed 3-4 hours each. Our group partnered with the National Arbor Day Foundation. We raised $39.
Our group assembled "Beat the Heat" care packages for seniors with items each family had purchased. We delived the care packaged to the Via Linda Senior Center, where social workers bring them to seniors living alone. This is the second time we have participated in "Beat the Heat," and we increased the number of packages from six to 20. Thirty children and 10 adults contributed two hours each.
To protect habitats and wildlife.
Our group organized a plastic-recycling competition. Kindergarden- through 12th-graders competed in the competition. The grade that collected the most plastic by the week's end won a "jeans day." Representatives from Reciplast.org came and gave a speech on recycling and reusing, and has agreed to collect the school's recycling. Three hundred thirty individuals participated for five hours.
Our group researched Dr. Jane's life and work. We did research on endangered animals of the Arizona region and organizations that work to protect them. Liberty Wildlife came to speak to our group about different endangered birds and conservation methods. Five participants contributed more than 20 hours