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Members of the Middle School Service Club sold stuffed animals to students to raise morney for our Kids Against Hunger Project which will be held later in the year. The club purchased approximately $250 worth of stuffed animals, balloons, etc. from the Oriental Trading Company and other local vendors. Students purchased these items and participated in a raffle. The purchased items were delivered by singing members of the Service Club on Valentines Day to students in their classes
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Earth Hawks Roots & Shoots donated, prepared, served and joined in a meal with local homeless families. We prepared homemade chili, salad and cornbread for 40 people. Churches and organizations in our community take turns offering their sites and kitchens to feed and house the homeless during the cold winter months. The children had fun cooking the meal together and watching a movie with the other families. We also brought craft supplies for the children and teens. The evening really demonstrated that there is not much distance from the homeless and us.
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Earth Hawks picked up trash along the shores of Lake Casitas. We concentrated on fishing line that gets tangled up with the wildlife. We saw egrets, blue herons, grebes, scrubs, ducks, kites and turkey vultures. We hauled away 8 large trash bags full of garbage and fishing lines.
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The group collected household hazardous waste from their own homes and took the waste to the Edmond City Sponsored Collection Day. This ensures hazardous waste being disposed of properly and keeping it out of the environment where it could be harmful to animals.
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Our small group of three made cat teaser toys, dog chew toys and collected gently used toys for dogs and cats. The gently used toys were found at a neighbohood garage sale! We donated these items plus a hooded cat litter box to the Edmond Oklahoma Animal Welfare Shelter. This activity was done in conjunction with National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week Nov. 5 - 11th. The dog chew toys were made from leftover nylon twine/rope. The girls cut them into 2 feet lengths, braided and knotted them and then grouped several braids together and knotted them together in a larger single strand. The girls made one dozen 'cat teaser' toys by using left over kite string tied to pipe cleaners with several feathers tied to the opposite end of the string. The pipecleaners can also be attached to a knob or crate for the cat to play with on it's own. Our group was given a wonderful tour of the animal shelter facitlity and were allowed to play with one of the shelter dogs.
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During our monthly planning meeting, we picked up trash in a nearby city green area. We filled 12 plastic grocery bags with trash and left the area looking much better! We then decided to always cleanup trash from the environment every time we meet, where ever we meet. Our meetings are often at local parks.
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We worked at the local Hope Center that provides services to the underprivilaged in our community. We worked in their 'clothes closet' sorting and organizing clothes for infants up to adults. Any clothes donated with stains, rips or worn out were sorted OUT. Acceptable clothes were neatly folded and organied by size and gender.
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The day before Thanksgiving, we joined up with our local Mobile Meals to deliver hot lunches to elderly shut-ins. We were assigned a route and our group leader drove us to deliver to 16 people. One was a very sweet 102 year old lady! We made Thanksgiving cards and bagged up a special holiday cookie to give to each person with their meal.
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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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