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We had someone form Arizona Game and Fish do a wonderful presentation on bats and how they are important. We then built bat roosting boxes. The children really enjoyed the presentation which was really well done and loved building the boxes.
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The Pine Mountain Roots and Shoots Club children covered resuable bags from Albertson's with nature-themed fabric. We then had booths at the NatureFest in Frazier Park and the Lilac Festival (booth fee donated) in Pine Mountain, CA, selling the bags for $3.00 each. The children took turns at the booth telling people about recycling. The mothers of the children who participated obtained products donated by local merchants, and we filled 3 of the nicer bags and raffled them off at $2 a ticket. I have quite nice photos of the children doing this project if you would be interested. After the festivals, we printed thank-yous and printed certificates honoring the merchants. We raised $231.00 by this activity.
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The goal of the project was to raise funds for the Rebirth the Earth: Trees for Tomorrow campaign and to promote energy conservation. The funds were raised by selling donated compact fluorescent light bulbs once a week during the month of May. A handmade poster about the campaign, using information from the website, let purchasers know the funds would go to Roots & Shoots for this specific campaign.
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Our group collected 3 bags of trash along the Campbell Creek and creek trail in Anchorage, Alaska. Members worked on various other days to collect another 18 bags of trash around town. It was wonderful to see an immediate improvement in our city. The great kids in our group have continued to pick up trash throughout the summer and have learned that it is important to keep our earth clean and beautiful.
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Four families initiated at-home projects to include: using more organic food via a Community Supported Agriculture program, switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs, recycling as many items from our homes as possible, reducing our energy consumption at home, spending one week each month buying only essential items and avoiding extra spending, using more earth friendly products such as laundry products and carrying reusable bags for purchases. All four families did research via the internet, library and speaking with one another and friends. We compared notes and have continued to share information on local resources, earth-friendly purchasing options, etc. Our entire group learned that it is essential to take care of the health of our planet, our communities and our bodies. By choosing food grown without hormones, pesticides or genetically altered plants we help the environment and humans. By choosing reusable bags, we are eliminating a significant amount of trash from being put into landfills. Most of our members are also using reusable water bottles rather than disposing of plastic water bottles each time. All of the items outlined above have had the benefits of saving money for each household by avoiding waste, educating all of us on being stewards of the earth and on the necessity to remember our fellow beings with whom we share this world. This project has been very inspiring because it is educational and a fairly easy way to see how much of a difference each person can make in this world. All of our members have been excited about contributing to a healthier world.
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We prepared the printed Peace Cards (that we drew and designed in November 2006) for sale and talked about ways to sell them. We folded them, added envelopes, made sets of 5 and tied them in ribbon and raffia. We also had a holiday party. Later in January 2007 we sold sets of Peace Cards outside of the local Stop & Shop. After selling cards to friends, family and shoppers, we cleared over $1,400 which was given to the Louis D. Brown Institute to support their programs for families of homicide victims and their anti-violence curriculum for schools.
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February 2007-Our group brainstormed ways to save energy and learned a lot from one another. Our leader also talked to us about the amount of energy that goes into making fast foods like hamburgers and french fries. We created pages for our Tips for Tiny Tots...Saving the Earth! book, which went very well. The book is filled with everyday tasks that anyone can do to save energy and recycle waste. This will help the earth become a better place. This book will be shared with preschoolers. We were careful to make clear illustrations and use simple language that little kids could understand.
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March 2007- We drew a large floorplan of a house on the whiteboard. We discussed our knowledge of the term "energy footprint" and learned more about it. We learned about home energy use, discussing how we use energy in every room of our house. We painted light switch plates to install at home. The plates were painted with colorful paints to remind us to turn off the lights when we don't need them. Each member was given a gift of one fluorescent light bulb to change out one light bulb in their home. Each member learned the cost savings of using fluorescent lighting.
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My cousins, Mike and Liliana brought my brother Michael and I to walk through mountains, hence the name, in a place called Olivera De Azemeis. I will tell you all something. IT WAS INCREDIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wild pine trees and eucalyptus trees towered above us while wild flowers and ferns littered the forest floor. Among this revolution of oxygen-producing machines were snakes, lizards, frogs and insects. In this area, jabalies (wild pigs) were once common. We did not spot one. A sure sign of human intervention - A.K.A. they were over hunted. We walked for about three hours until we reached the very peak of the mountain. It was breath-taking. I have pictures but will download them when I return to America.
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On July 11, three members of our group helped the Girdwood Forest Service pull invasive weeds in the Portage area. Weeds like Nettles and White Clover are spreading rapidly and threaten the local wildflowers. We worked for two hours.

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