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Our group sold Earth day T-shirts to raise money for our Earth Day event. We taught the Earth Day Network's "Climate Change Jeopardy Game" to students in classrooms throughout the day. We used some of the money from the T-shirt sale to buy compact fluorescent light bulbs to give out as prizes for the Jeopardy game-winners. The rest of the money was used to buy seeds, peat pots and potting soil for every student in the school. We decorated the paper bags of a local grocery store with Earth Day messages and attached information about paper recycling in the community. We wrote letters to local businesses asking them to donate earth-friendly prizes for an Earth Day raffle. We set up tables in the cafeteria during lunch where students could plant seeds to take with them, decorate grocery bags, enter the raffle and learn how to help reduce climate change. The event had 758 participants and was covered by two local newspapers. We raised $500. Our group partnered with Ritzman Natural Health, Ace Hardware, Earth Day Network, Buehlers, Lowes, Giant Eagle, Home Depot and Walmart.
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Our group set up two worm composting boxes at school. We received lessons on decomposers in nature. We went on nature walks to collect worms, look at them under magnifying glass and then return them outdoors.
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Our group attended a composting and vermicomposting demo at school with our parents and afterwards, went out to the garden to refamiliarize ourselves with our compost bins. Parents and students were able to order bins at the subsidized county price. At our next meeting, we painted 5-gallon buckets with the word COMPOST and decorated them with pictures of fruits, vegetables and nature themes. We also made posters to display next to the buckets telling other students what can go into the bucket. The buckets are now collecting compost at both the lunch benches and the cafeteria. Students are also monitoring the buckets until the other students get used to using them. The results will be less waste and more black gold for our garden - also more families to spread the word about the benefits of composting. Thirty-five individuals participated.
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We collected signatures for petitions provided by the Santa Barbara Zoo. These petitions were asking congress to provide $2 Million for each of the wildlife species covered under the Multinational Species Conservation Fund program (African elephants, Asian elephants, rhinos, tigers, great apes and marine turtles). These species are in grave danger and need our support. We went to school and passed them around the classroom to collect as many signatures as possible. Our petitions will be sent to congress and hopefully make a difference. Five individuals contributed an hour each.
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Every year, our Cal State Chapter of Roots & Shoots organizes a speaker and participatory event on campus entitled "Animals In The Spotlight." This event highlights a concern that is involved with the natural world. This year's event in entitled "In Our Own Backyard; Threats To Local Wildlife." Our goal is to raise money for the L.A. Zoo and Birds of Prey Center in continuing their goal of conservation and public education.

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