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Grade -2 was worried about friends fighting. They did a play to show how to help friends if they are fighting. They took pictures during the play and made a bulletin board.
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The grade-2 Roots & Shoots was worried about the animals in the Zoo because they saw they were being fed junk food by the visitors. So they collected rocks and painted them. They wrote messages on the rocks about being nice to the animals in the zoo. Grade-2 collected leaves from around the school and made a leaf booklet comparing the leaves.
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Holliston Roots & Shoots members created beautiful cards with images and messages of hope and love for the children of Kenya.
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We intensified our attempts to raise money for UNICEF this year by really campaigning to get more middle school students to pick up and use the UNICEF boxes on Halloween. The Roots & Shoots members carried the boxes around with them during the two weeks before Halloween and spoke to their advisory groups. We more than doubled our collection for UNICEF this year! Next year we plan to extend our campaign to the elementary school.
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We made homemade dog biscuits and cat treats for a local animal shelter called Buddy Dog. We also used the ASPCA website to learn about the different ways to make a difference (fundraising, education, political advocacy). This project led to our development of our next big project, Party for the Earth.
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Our goal was to have a used book drive to collect books for the Waltham Literacy Coalition. We were able to collect 1,259 books for the drive as well as help to sort all of the books collected for the drive. We wanted to have this drive to help reuse our resources. Many of us are very fortunate to have homes filled with books. The Waltham Family Literacy Coalition places books in the homes of children who do not have books. For roughly two weeks, we put up posters, sent out a mass email and placed boxes across our school campus to collect books. As the boxes filled up, we emptied them and collected the books in a classroom. At the end of the drive, we packed boxes with books and group them to Waltham and helped to sort all of the books in the drive - preschool, early reader, advanced reader.
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The goal for this project was to eliminate the use of plastic bags in Claremont. We started out by researching the harmful effects that plastic bags have on the environment. We were amazed to find out that less than 1% of the billions of plastic bags Americans use each year get recycled. We also learned that plastic bags cannot be turned in to the same recycling plants that process bottles and cans because they simply clog the system. In order to help others get in the habit of recycling plastic bags the right way, we decorated a large bin for our school to collect plastic bags to be taken to plastic bag recycling centers. Within the first three months, we had already collected over 1,000 bags! In the meantime, we also created a petition stating that we would like to ban the use of plastic bags in businesses in the city of Claremont, where our school is located. After showing the petition to friends, neighbors and customers at the local farmer's market, we have over 100 signatures, and plan to get many more. Most recently, three of our student members attended a meeting of Claremont's Sustainable City Task Force in order to share our progress with the members of this group. We hope to collaborate with them after receiving more signatures to our petition. We are also in the process of ordering canvas bags that we will decorate and sell to the public as we spread the word about how harmful plastic bags can be!
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TCNJ Roots & Shoots volunteered at Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve, a 134-acre preserve dedicated to protecting rare native plants and educating the public about the value of Pennsylvania's native plants. Following a very informative educational presentation on the value of native plants and threats of exotic and invasive species, our group volunteered by helping to remove invasive plant species from the park. We ended the day with a short hiking tour of the Preserve.
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When we heard our local school district science center was in danger of closing due to budget cuts, members wanted to do more than call the school board to voice concern. We created a petition stating our support and use of the site and its staff. We asked our teachers to pass the petition around various classrooms for signatures. We collected over 130 student signatures in just a couple of days and faxed the petition to the school board members and our city councilmember so student voices could be heard.
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One of our members researched a local service organization which runs a toy loan program for the low income children it serves. The program works like a library, loaning out toys and rewarding the children when toys are returned on time and still in good condition. We voted to help the toy loan program by collecting our own gently used or new toys to donate to them. Every couple of months we bring our donated items to our meeting and one of the parents makes the delivery.

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