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Our small group of three 12 year olds raised money to buy gifts for a needy family. The family they 'adopted' through the Hope Center was a single mother of two children. The joy our Roots & Shoots group recieved by providing for the less fortunate in our community was enormous! It instilled in these three girls a sense of graditude and pride that comes only from helping others. They raised money by making and selling 44 fleece scarves. We found the fleece at fabric stores in many colors and patterns. No sewing is involved, just cutting the scarves out and cutting the ends to make the fringe. They easily sold 44 scarves to friends, family and neighbors for $5 each, making $220! With this money, they were able to purchase nearly everything on the needed list for the family, 28 items for $220! They were so nice and grateful and our Roots & Shoots group asked the 12 year old girl if she would like to join our group! Hopefully she will.
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The group combined an Eagle watching trip with a trash pick up! They spotted two adolescent Bald Eagles and one adult Bald Eagle! They were soaring high above Arcadia Lake in Oklahoma. The peak of the excitment came when they heard the adult eagle screeching! The girls then picked up 3 large trash bags of garbage along the lake shorline.
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Our group collected 2,225 aluminum cans in three months to donate to Cans for Africa. They collected at home, at schools, friends and family. Cans for Africa is a grass roots ogranization raising funds solely by collecting aluminum cans to sell for recycling. The funds from these cans will help children orphaned by AIDS in Africa. Cans for Africa will build a school, medical clinic and children's hostel in Kapsokwony, a village in the Mount Eldgon district of Kenya, Africa. Go to www.cansforafrica.org to learn more.
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We made cat "Happy Socks" with a local Roots & Shoots group. We used stuffing from old, torn snow pants and old socks to make these cat toys. The group later donated these socks to a local animal shelter.
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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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