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We will grow the flowering plants from seeds and watch them grow. The children will learn how to transfer the plants to a pot or put them directly into the soil, and wait for the butterflies and bees to appear.
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We are going to bring African Animals to Long Island (sort of!). After our extensive research at the Bronx Zoo, we will create a presentation that will include powerpoint, crafts, books etc on our research and how we did it. At the end, we will ask for a donation (even if it is a penny or a picture)! All of the monies we raise will be donated back to the Bronx Zoo Wildlife Fund.
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Using a wide variety of dried fruit (figs, dates, apples, raisin, etc.), cherrios, and natural hemp string, we made about 60 necklaces. These were sent to Chimps, Inc, a chimpanzee sanctuary in Bend, Oregon.
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We started by learning about how our vast populations of people have polluted the oceans. In the process we learned about how all life on earth is dependent on our oceans being healthy and in balance. The focus quickly went to the impact of plastics, looking at waste of plastic bags and straws. Through the Students Rebuild project, each "sea creature" we created was result in $2 being donated to protecting and cleaning our oceans. We made hundreds of mostly origami sea creatures, including whales, angel fish, sea anemones, clam shells, and jelly fish.
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The grant would be used to purchase native species of plants that attract butterflies, birds and more with a sense of home! In addition the grant will be used to purchase materials for bird feeders and seating areas. Any additional grant funds will be used for watering cans, materials to make recycled wind chimes, and paint for making motivational signs for children.
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It can often be hard for high school students to find time to appreciate nature. As environmental issues grow more pressing, however, apathy toward the natural world is a crucial issue that must be addressed. Our proposed project would strive to expose students to local wildlife by setting up several bird feeders in our school’s courtyard. We would also set up a live camera to monitor the bird feeder, which would allow students to observe the birds remotely. The footage could also be shared with the public through a blog or through other forms of social media. In addition to promoting an appreciation for nature among students, this campaign would also benefit local bird species. Bird feeders provide additional nourishment to supplement natural food sources. This is extremely important in the winter when food in the wild is scarce and birds face harsh competition for resources. In other seasons, feeders can also help nesting parents and migrating birds, who require more food than usual in order to sustain themselves and their families. Overall, this is a campaign that we hope would help both humans and the natural environment while reinforcing the connection between the two.
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In the fall, we will dig a trench, fill it with maple logs from a tree that was cut down a couple of years ago, branches, etc. We will add composted leaves from our town, surround it with straw bales, and plant cover crops of winter rye and hairy vetch. In the spring, we will plant peas, which fix nitrogen, as well as being delicious. We would research other plants that would make sense for the area: maybe mushrooms, currants and blueberries. The result we would hope for would be good soil with lots of microorganism and edible plants for ourselves and the birds successfully grown from it. We would photograph it, and science classes could analyze the soil and micro-organisms. We would also use this as a demonstration of hugelkultur for students at all our schools and for the community - posting on a website and hosting visits.
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We hope to get a proclamation at City Hall at the first council meeting when the school year begins in September.
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The project will plant milkweed seeds in a location near the school. This garden will be cultivated throughout the warmer seasons in the hopes that butterflies will be able to rest and eat. Once the milkweed seeds are successfully grown, more plants such as rue, dill, and parsley will be introduced to attract a greater variety of butterflies.
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The project will set up a camera trap in our school's courtyard with a birdfeeder next to it. The camera trap will capture what birds come.

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