Sierra Leone
Roots & Shoots youth groups in Sierra Leone spent a couples of weeks helping to clean a stretch of Goderich shore west of Freetown. This Beach is one of our main tourist areas in Freetown. We cleared away rubbish that had washed up from the sea and littered the beaches.
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Operation Happy Socks has been lots of fun. After contacting one of the local No-Kill animal shelters in our area we got started making the socks. Members brought their spare or unmatched socks to our meeting and we bought a few bags of filler and catnip. The kids had a fantastic time stuffing the socks full of filler and catnip, we even added some rafia for noise. With plenty of children in attendance we were able to make 45 Happy Socks in about a half an hour. The kids are really looking forward to giving the socks to the cats at the Canyon Lake Animal Shelter.
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The Oakland Zoo Roots & Shoots crew attended the Goldman Prize Awards Ceremony on April 23, 2007. This is an amazing experience for all who attend! Held every year in San Francisco, the ceremony awards grassroots environmentalists from around the world for their work in their communities. We went and were inspired by the stories we heard, which highlighted projects from each of the 6 habited continents around the world. Afterwards, we had the opportunity to greet the recipients. It was amazing, something we will repeat next year!
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On May 5, 2007, the Oakland Zoo teens worked with our keepers in the African Veldt section of the zoo. This exhibit houses giraffes, gazelles, elands, griffon vultures, crowned cranes and egyptian geese. The exhibit substrate is sand, which periodically needs to be re-covered. We assisted by gathering wood chips for the area in front where the geese have a nest box and clearing old browse from the exhibit. Afterwards, we assisted with the routine raking, sweeping and hosing practiced by the keepers every day(hard work!). In the end, we got up close and personal with the giraffes.
Spain
Our group participated in the Earth Day Fair during 21 and 22 of May 2007. Among other activities and visits to various stands (including solar cook), the core was the attendance to the Rosa Garriga conference. Rosa Garriga a known veterinarian from Barcelona, specialized in great apes. She is now located in Sierra Leone (Tacugama) and she spent some years previously in Borneo with Biruté Galdikas. We contributed to organize the event, meeting with her and visualizing videos. Her sister Pilar Garriga, friend of ours and also a successful writer, signed books for youth inspired in Rosa's life. We also had a great time in the Jane Goodall Institute - Spain stand.
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Our group participated in the Biocultura Fair which took place in Barcelona from May 4-7 2007. This fair is dedicated to responsible consumption and sustainable living. It's the second biggest in Europe. Inside this Fair was the "Ecological Youth Festival" with some activities and games. Most relevant ones were the planting of edible vegetables and the slider with recycled cartons.
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Two of us from the R&S National Office manned a table at the Potomac Overlook Regional Park Open House. We had previously cut out switch plate covers from contact paper and provided Sharpies and stickers. Children would write a message on the light covers to remind themselves to turn off the lights when they would leave the room, and then they decorated them with stickers.
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Roots & Shoots members learned about hunger issues in our community by having Captain Grace from the Salvation Army visit a meeting. We learned that there are many people who go hungry in our community and there is a soup kitchen the last week of each month. We decided to participate in Empty Bowls, a project started by a Michigan art teacher in 1990. We made and glazed 45 clay bowls with the help of the art teacher at our school during meetings. Members wrote letters to area businesses to ask for donations of soup, bread & dessert for a dinner at the school. Members sold tickets to a dinner at the school for $10 each. Members also prepared powerpoint slide shows about hunger issues/Salvation Army and about our Roots & Shoots club. At the dinner, members served a simple meal of soup & bread in the clay bowls they made. They gave the slide shows. People got to take the bowls home with them as a reminder that there are always hungry people in the world. We raised $400 to donate to the local Salvation Army to help feed hungry people in Wadsworth.
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We invited local environmental organizations & businesses to attend an Earth Day festival to educate the public on simple ways they could make Earth Day everyday. We had 47 exhibitors come, music throughout the 4 hour event, games and crafts aimed at providing an environment message and a beautiful art work exhibit by children from a local elementary school. Although this was not a money making event, we had between 400-500 people in attendance which has regenerated interest in our local chapter and has helped us to network with local non-profits where we would like to volunteer. Members helped as they were able the event was spearheaded by 5 members and their families putting in about 100 hours of time/family.
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The families from our school came together to participate in a beach cleanup in Galveston, TX.

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