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For the first year, our Roots & Shoots members raised $894 for the Special Olympics of Wisconsin. As a "reward" we were allowed to jump in the frozen Black River in La Crosse. Sixteen volunteers, including five Roots & Shoots members, our two adventurous advisors, eight members of the school's National Honor Society (NHS) and our school's principal , braved the cold water and, as they say, "froze for a reason."
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Students held a bake sale to raise money to make a microcredit loan through Kiva.
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Students helped organize a dinner/movie fundraiser. The documentary "The Street Children of Kinshasa" was shown. A Congolese dinner was served before the dinner at $5 a plate. Free will donations were accepted as well.
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We built a pen to house wild otters for Keeper of the Wild, a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation organization in St. George, SC. We also cleaned and painted a large shed attached to the new pen. The shed provides indoor shelter for the rescued otters! Our work at this organization, run totally by volunteers, is ongoing. So far, we have also repaired a gazebo pen to house rescued wildlife and collected items needed by the animals.
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Two members made a 5' wooden elf holding a sign promoting the Keep North Charleston Beautiful organization to be used in a Holiday Display sponsored by community civic groups. Because we've done projects for this group before, they asked us if we would be willing to do this.
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We held a bake sale to promote breast cancer awareness, with all funds going to the Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation. We also sold pink keychains provided to us free of charge by the Koman Foundation and distributed literature on breast cancer. In addition, we made pins from pink ribbon to give away. We've learned that our bake sale was much more successful by not putting prices on the baked goods, but rather ask for donations instead of a fixed price. This way, people tend to give lots more money as long as it's for a good cause!
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We held a bake sale at school during the 6th, 7th and 8th grade lunches. We asked school families and staff to donate baked goods, and then we reminded all the students via posters and announcements to bring in money to buy treats. We raised a total of $209.45 to help fight childhood hunger.
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Kids Express Learning Center's Roots & Shoots After School Club held a fundraiser for the World Wildlife Fund. The weekly theme focused on Endangered Animals. Children helped create holiday hangings of endangered animals. The animal hangings were then sold to parents and staff. The project raised $200.00, which was then donated to the World Wildlife Fund to help adopt the following endangered animals: Monarch Butterfly, Humpback Whale and Orangutan. The Roots & Shoots After School Club was given a toy stuffed animal, photo card, and species information card for each adopted animal. The children have enjoyed learning more about their adopted endangered animals.
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We lead weekly environmental science and animal education classes at a Berkeley, CA elementary school. Our past classes have included visiting planting radishes, watching an environmental education video and making "tree branches" out of cardboard and decorating them with pipe cleaner animals and paper leaves. We recently coordinated a field trip to an organic garden, in which the children learned about how vegetables and fruits are grown. We are also planning on making animal puppets from recycled paper bags, and visiting a local animal shelter.
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The New England Regional Office is helping the environment and gorillas by collecting cell phones in the NonProfit Center in Boston, MA. Cell phones discarded in landfills contain toxic substances such as lead and mercury that can have a serious impact on the environment. In addition, a critical component of cell phones is the mineral coltan. Coltan is found in the forests of the Democra Republic of the Congo, right in the middle of gorilla habitat. Coltan mining has destroyed the habitat of mountain gorillas. They have been displaced and even killed by poachers who use the mining roads to gain access to the area. Recycling and reusing your cell phones will mean less coltan mining to make brand new cell phones. You can find local cell phone recycling collection sites at www.charitablerecycling.com. The Roots & Shoots New England office handle cell phone recycling for The Non Profit Center. You can mail or bring your cell phone to Roots & Shoots 89 South Street, Boston, MA 02111 if you'd like to help.

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