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Two members made a 5' wooden elf holding a sign promoting the Keep North Charleston Beautiful organization to be used in a Holiday Display sponsored by community civic groups. Because we've done projects for this group before, they asked us if we would be willing to do this.
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We held a bake sale to promote breast cancer awareness, with all funds going to the Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation. We also sold pink keychains provided to us free of charge by the Koman Foundation and distributed literature on breast cancer. In addition, we made pins from pink ribbon to give away. We've learned that our bake sale was much more successful by not putting prices on the baked goods, but rather ask for donations instead of a fixed price. This way, people tend to give lots more money as long as it's for a good cause!
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We held a bake sale at school during the 6th, 7th and 8th grade lunches. We asked school families and staff to donate baked goods, and then we reminded all the students via posters and announcements to bring in money to buy treats. We raised a total of $209.45 to help fight childhood hunger.
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Kids Express Learning Center's Roots & Shoots After School Club held a fundraiser for the World Wildlife Fund. The weekly theme focused on Endangered Animals. Children helped create holiday hangings of endangered animals. The animal hangings were then sold to parents and staff. The project raised $200.00, which was then donated to the World Wildlife Fund to help adopt the following endangered animals: Monarch Butterfly, Humpback Whale and Orangutan. The Roots & Shoots After School Club was given a toy stuffed animal, photo card, and species information card for each adopted animal. The children have enjoyed learning more about their adopted endangered animals.
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We lead weekly environmental science and animal education classes at a Berkeley, CA elementary school. Our past classes have included visiting planting radishes, watching an environmental education video and making "tree branches" out of cardboard and decorating them with pipe cleaner animals and paper leaves. We recently coordinated a field trip to an organic garden, in which the children learned about how vegetables and fruits are grown. We are also planning on making animal puppets from recycled paper bags, and visiting a local animal shelter.
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The New England Regional Office is helping the environment and gorillas by collecting cell phones in the NonProfit Center in Boston, MA. Cell phones discarded in landfills contain toxic substances such as lead and mercury that can have a serious impact on the environment. In addition, a critical component of cell phones is the mineral coltan. Coltan is found in the forests of the Democra Republic of the Congo, right in the middle of gorilla habitat. Coltan mining has destroyed the habitat of mountain gorillas. They have been displaced and even killed by poachers who use the mining roads to gain access to the area. Recycling and reusing your cell phones will mean less coltan mining to make brand new cell phones. You can find local cell phone recycling collection sites at www.charitablerecycling.com. The Roots & Shoots New England office handle cell phone recycling for The Non Profit Center. You can mail or bring your cell phone to Roots & Shoots 89 South Street, Boston, MA 02111 if you'd like to help.
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Each member of our group will donate $1 for the 10 week program which teaches them all about elephants. The $1 goes towards a student membership to the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. One member is picked from a lottery each week and recieves the memership to the Elephant Sanctuary. The Elephant Sanctuary rescues neglected and abused elephants from zoos and circus acts. In the sanctuary, the elephants are able to roam freely through thousands of acres of land. Our group also supports the Elephant Sanctuary by helping them acquire other neglected elephants. Please help us free Maggie, an African elephant that is in the Alaska Zoo. She is confined to her small enclosure most of the time due to the cold wheather. An African elephant needs space to roam, and the zoo still controls her with Bullhooks, which are now outlawed. Please support us in rescuing Maggie by writing your concerns to Pat Lampi, Director of the Alaska Zoo, at 4731 O'Malley Road Anchorage, AK 99507. She can be reached via email at Plampi@alaskazoo.org.
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Our chapter was asked to represent R&S at an event held at the same university our kids' school is run by. We prepared a display board for our booth with all the projects we've done in the past year. The kids made bookmarks and cookies to sell. We passed out information about R&S and JGI. The kids had a great time representing R&S!
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Our group is currently involved in helping our PTO become a certified "Wild School" here in Ohio. At our March meeting, we are building and painting nesting boxes for a variety of birds in our area. These boxes will be placed throughout our school grounds to provide shelter to our native birds.
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My extended- day kindrgarten group collaborated with the Indian Island School on a community service project for animals. We met our pen pals at their school and formed friendships with one another. Together, we worked on making gift bags for new pet owners. To make these gift bags we collected items from our school consisting of pet food, blankets, toys, office supplies and paper towels from our school populations. The kids learned about caring for household pets from representatives of the Bangor Humane society and the Old Town Animal Orphanage. Once everything was gathered we took the donations to the shelters and got tours of the facilities.

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