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Our group volunteered at a no-kill animal shelter to help with feedings, changing bedding, and providing comfort and play time with the animals. We were willing to do a project revolving around animals. We also donated food and detergent, which helped the owner out a lot. We plan to keep returning to the shelter to help out with other things.
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In our town there is a creek that runs through it. We decided to help our community by picking up some of the litter that was in it. On Earth day 2007, we were having a meeting when we wanted a break. We grabbed some garbage bags and headed to the creek for some fun and soon we jumped in! We collected many items such as broken glass bottles, pipes, a chair, a ladder, and an old sign from a local pizza tavern. Now the creek is much cleaner because of us and it is safer to play in. We hope to clean it up again next year!
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I have always been a lover of animals. After moving to the DC area for an internship I felt the need to become involved in the community in some form. I am not allowed to have pets in my apartment and found myself missing being around animals. I researched pet rescues in the area and found Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation. They have adoptions every weekend at various PetSmart locations in Virginia. I have volunteered for 3 hours, for two Saturdays so far. I plan to continue volunteering every weekend I am available. It is wonderful walking the dogs around the store in hopes that you might help them find their forever homes. Many of these animals are saved from local animal shelters who are running out of room and would have to put the animals down for lack of space. Check with your local PetSmart as they support local rescues. Most have a local rescue come to their store on weekends to adopt out cats and dogs.
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"Sequoia Park Zoo's It's A Global Frenzy - A Global Awareness Day!" Sequoia Park Zoo's Chapter of Roots & Shoots invited the public to the zoo on Sunday September 23rd from 11 to 3 for their first public event, "It's a Global Frenzy." The group currently has nine members between the ages of 10 and 16 who planned their first event "It's a Global Frenzy" for Sunday September 23rd. This Global awareness day is set to coincide with International Peace Day. On this day many other Roots & Shoots groups around the globe will be putting on their own celebrations. It's a Global Frenzy will feature activity tables and games highlighting our continents and the animals that live there. Participants will have the opportunity to earn a global awareness badge for a donation of $2. This event was made possible by the support of the Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation, The City of Eureka and The Farm Store. For more information about the event or if you are interested in joining the Roots & Shoots at Sequoia Park Zoo, email roots&shoots@sequoiaparkzoo.net.
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We each wrote at least one letter to one of our state officials for animal rights. Some of us chose topics such as rain forest conservation, while others chose saving arctic wolves as the topic of their letter. We continue to receive emails of when to take action through the Defenders of Wildlife website and at least one member responds to every email asking us to write. What we found really cool was how as kids, our voices were respected by government officials. We hope to donate to this organization in the near future.
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Roots & Shoots members created a bulletin board in the school cafeteria highlighting service learning projects at our school. This was part of the National Learn & Serve Challenge Week (Sept. 17-23) which is organized by a coalition of service learning groups including Learn & Serve America. R&S members interviewed teachers in our school (4 total) about the service learning projects they have completed with their students and obtained pictures and documents as well. They then created the bulletin board. This was featured on our school announcements. The objectives (from the National Learn & Serve Challenge website) of the week were to: 1. Raise awareness of service-learning. 2. Build support for and cultivate public will to achieve the federal benchmark to engage 5 million college students in service and to ensure 50 percent of America's K-12 schools offer service-learning as part of their curricula. 3. Promote an understanding and the national identity of Learn and Serve America. 4. Maximize existing opportunities to launch and/or spotlight service-learning activities in schools and communities across the country
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Our third annual Peace Day celebration included all 750 students at our school making a pinwheel for peace which they carried in a Giant Peace Dove parade around the school grounds. Roots & Shoots members taught each class how to make the pinwheels on which students wrote their ideas about peace and hopes for peace. Students read parts of "The Peace Book" by Todd Parr aloud on the announcements throughout the week to make the idea of peace more real to students at our school. Roots & Shoots members also made peace dove sugar cookies which they sold before and after school on Peace Day. They voted to split the proceeds between the ReBirth the Earth campaign and Heifer International. They purchased 4 flocks of chickens for people in need.
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Students of my Roots and Shoots class are planning a talent show for the entire middle school and then creating posters and flyers to advertise to the entire community. Students will get to showcase talent and raise money for the local homeless shelter by charging a $5 admission and running a concessions stand. All proceeds directly benefit the Bethlehem Inn in Bend, OR.
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Students have committed to working with Sabbath Dog to help enrich the lives of the dogs that are in the no kill animal shelter. The shelter is a non profit organization located in the heart of Miami. The dogs are well cared for until they are adopted. Students spend a Saturday each month bathing the dogs, playing with the dogs, grooming the dogs and helping with the shelter maintenance.
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Roots & Shoots manned a booth at Green Festival 2007 held on October 6 & 7, 2007 at the Convention Center in Washington, DC. We were there to talk to festival-goers about any and everything people wanted to know about Roots & Shoots. Our goal was to spread the word about our program and how people can get involved. We also put on a Peace Dove Parade on Sunday to celebrate Roots & Shoots International Day of Peace where we paraded the doves around the festival. Local Roots & Shoots groups: All Good Kids, Columbia R&S, Poolesville High School R&S and Spring Hill RECenter R&S Jr. Volunteers came to participate in the peace dove parade fun! We raised around $700 to go towards our program through the sales of Roots & Shoots and the Jane Goodall Institute merchandise. Benefits to the Community: After visiting our booth many people learned what Roots & Shoots entails. A donations jar was set out for ReBirth the Earth, which collected about $150. Local Roots & Shoots groups were able to come together and celebrate Roots & Shoots International Day of Peace.

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