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Together with other local animal lovers, our families held a peaceful protest against the use and mistreatment of animals in the Carson and Barnes Circus. Children and their parents stood near the entrance to circus parking holding posters of elephants in chains and wild cats in cages. We got the attention of circus patrons, as well as that of other passersby and the local media. Nine individuals participated for three hours. The Arizona Republic published a photograph and quotes of R&S members in an article entitled, "Circus is in town; so are protesters." (http://www.azcentral.com/community/gilbert/articles/0511gr-circusprotest0511Z12.html) Background information and supplies for the protest came from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (www.circuses.com).
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We wish to learn about gardening and support beautification efforts in our community.
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Our group raised $180 for a donation to the Justin fund, which has been established to help offset the cost of treatment for a young boy in the community who has a rare, inoperable brain tumor. We earned the money at home over a one-week period by showing kindness toward others in our everyday lives (playing nicely with siblings, helping out at home, etc.). We also made cards for Justin and sent them to him.
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The AP Environmental Science class collected prairie seeds in the fall then planted and grew many of these in the greenhouse. We grew 185 native prairie grasses and wildflowers. We then planted 160 of these while park staff planted the remainder. Our project was featured in a recent newsletter article.
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Our group members discussed recycling and set up two recycling bins in each classroom in our school. We learned about what can and cannot be recycled, how to look for recycling symbols and what happens to trash and recycled materials.
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Our group learned about Peace Day and had a surprise visit from a Giant Peace Dove that landed in front of school. We looked at photos of Peace Doves from around the world and found those places on the map. Then, we talked about what peace is
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Our group's first project was spent at the Farmer's Market selling reusable bags. We also educated about the importance of reducing the use of plastic or paper bags. Nine participants contributed three hours each. The local newspaper ran an article on us. Our group raised $50.
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To show appreciation to the zoo keepers, our kids threw a surprise keeper appreciation party. We made t-shirts for the keepers with items donated from Walmart and served food and drinks. Eleven participants contributed eight hours each.
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Dream Night is an international night where zoos host hospitalized children to teach them about animals. Our Zoo Roots & Shoots kids researched different animals and helped out at Dream Night by teaching the kids from Hasbro Children's Hospital about them. Eleven participants contributed 10 hours each.
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We hope to raise money to support the Tchimpounga Youth campaign.

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