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Roots & Shoots members from Burr Elementary School paired up with high school students at Warde High School in Fairfield, Connecticut to demonstrate that reusing can be creative. Students first learned statistics about paper and plastic bags. They discussed how to reduce the use of disposable bags. Then, students gathered recyclables from their own trash at home to create outfits and costumes. They practiced walking the catwalk with their trashy fashions in preparation for the Fairfield Earth Day Celebration held on May 5, 2007. At the Earth Day event, over 20 students walked down the runway. The announcer described how their fashions were created and each model shared their special Earth Day message of conservation with the audience members.
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On April 28, Tom McCall Roots & Shoots sponsored one of our twice yearly community 'clean ups' of our McCall Forest, a one acre forested area connected to our school. This was a collaborative event with a statewide environmental volunteer program (SOLV )and over 50 community members participated! It was a beautiful spring day that was spent removing invasive plants, weeding, mulching, planting native trees and plants, developing trails, installing bat house and maintaining bird & squirrel feeders. A major focus was expanding our butterfly wildflower garden, which is now planted with milkweed (a absolutely necessary plant in the life cycle of the Monarch Butterfly). We have recently received a small grant to help establish a "Monarch" station, as part of the effort to re-establish this butterfly into our area again. Over 14 trees and 30 shrubs were planted, some of which were salvaged from old farm house that is soon to be destroyed. It was an extremely successful day that really enhanced our forest 'outdoor classroom'!
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The children cut out bandannas for the dogs adopted at CAPS animal shelter and made catnip toys for the cats at the shelter to enjoy. Additionally, the children brought in and unfolded newspaper for the shelter workers to use in the dogs' cages.
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South Shore Roots & Shoots volunteered at Alley Pond Environmental Center and planted trees. Each member dug holes and planted two trees. We made bird feeders, took a nature walk and saw a video on the history of Arbor Day. The group enjoyed the center and we agreed on going back to volunteer with other activities.
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The children from our school collected gently used books to deliver to the Mission of Yahweh, a shelter for battered women and children.
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The parents and students from our school devote an hour or so one Sunday a month to help feed the homeless of Houston through the Lord of the Streets program.
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Children and parents gathered 17 pounds of food for donation to FSA of Redlands.
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The Earth Savers Roots & Shoots Group met on April 27th, 2007 to celebrate trees. We read the story, "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein, made tree door hangers for each child's bedroom, and shared poems and songs that the children either wrote themselves or chose from books. The children also made "tree sculptures" in which they posed as a particular type of tree and had their photos taken. We even had a "forest." It was a wonderful way to celebrate trees and all that they mean to us as humans.
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Here at Sagewood we've been recycling inkjet throughout the year. We collect them in a box at the front office to avoid polluting our earth. We send them off to a recycling plants that specialize in ink cartridges. Then, they are reused and don't pollute the planet.
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We went to an elementary school in our area and talked to them about Roots & Shoots and what they can do to help the environment.

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