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GLOBAL PROJECTS

GARDEN OF HOPE

Sydney & Leah, Georgetown, ON

High school students Sydney and Leah believe that a lot of young people spend so much time in front of screens and cell phones, they have become disconnected from nature. So, working with the students at Park Public Elementary School in Georgetown, Ontario, the duo built six raised planter beds that will house a variety of plants and flowers. Each grade will decide what they’d like to see growing in their planter, from an assortment of herbs to peppers, tomatoes, and onions. Sydney and Leah called their initiative The Garden of Hope, as they believe it will allow students to engage with nature and learn about sustainability while gaining practical gardening skills. The energetic teens also made the most of their networks: their dads helped them build the beds, the local Home Hardware donated building materials, and the City of Halton provided three years’ worth of compost.

GARDEN OF HOPE

Sydney & Leah, Georgetown, ON

High school students Sydney and Leah believe that a lot of young people spend so much time in front of screens and cell phones, they have become disconnected from nature. So, working with the students at Park Public Elementary School in Georgetown, Ontario, the duo built six raised planter beds that will house a variety of plants and flowers. Each grade will decide what they’d like to see growing in their planter, from an assortment of herbs to peppers, tomatoes, and onions. Sydney and Leah called their initiative The Garden of Hope, as they believe it will allow students to engage with nature and learn about sustainability while gaining practical gardening skills. The energetic teens also made the most of their networks: their dads helped them build the beds, the local Home Hardware donated building materials, and the City of Halton provided three years’ worth of compost.

WATER WALK

Kitaskinaw School, Enoch Cree Nation, AB

The entire school on this First Nation Reserve took part in a march around the community to raise awareness about improving our relationship with water and treating it as a relative, not just a resource. In preparation for the walk, Cree Elders shared their teachings on the use of water in traditional drum and rattle making.

WATER WALK

Kitaskinaw School, Enoch Cree Nation, AB

The entire school on this First Nation Reserve took part in a march around the community to raise awareness about improving our relationship with water and treating it as a relative, not just a resource. In preparation for the walk, Cree Elders shared their teachings on the use of water in traditional drum and rattle making.

INTERNATIONAL PEACE DAY

— Held worldwide

Each September, Roots & Shoots groups from around the world celebrate the UN International Day of Peace. Each Roots & Shoots project is a step towards a future in which humans can live in peace with the environment, animals and people. It’s also a step towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Celebrate International Day of Peace with the environment, animals, and people through the activities.

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INTERNATIONAL PEACE DAY

— Held worldwide

Each September, Roots & Shoots groups from around the world celebrate the UN International Day of Peace. Each Roots & Shoots project is a step towards a future in which humans can live in peace with the environment, animals and people. It’s also a step towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Celebrate International Day of Peace with the environment, animals, and people through the activities.

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MAKING LIFE BLOOM ON A GRAVEL LOT

Stand Up, Standout Committee, Vanguard School, Montreal, QC

Middle and high school students in Montreal built and planted a school greenhouse in order to promote healthy eating while reducing their eco footprint by providing the school cafeteria with local, fresh produce. Also to provide for the community kitchen and food bank.

MAKING LIFE BLOOM ON A GRAVEL LOT

Stand Up, Standout Committee, Vanguard School, Montreal, QC

Middle and high school students in Montreal built and planted a school greenhouse in order to promote healthy eating while reducing their eco footprint by providing the school cafeteria with local, fresh produce. Also to provide for the community kitchen and food bank.

MEDICINE WHEEL CLASSROOM

Terrace Ridge School, Lacombe, AB

This K-7 school designed and built an outdoor classroom in the shape of a Cree Medicine Wheel. Students lead the planting and maintenance each year, ensuring they use native plants that create wildlife habitats. The classroom has become a beautiful meeting place used by the school and community alike.

MEDICINE WHEEL CLASSROOM

Terrace Ridge School, Lacombe, AB

This K-7 school designed and built an outdoor classroom in the shape of a Cree Medicine Wheel. Students lead the planting and maintenance each year, ensuring they use native plants that create wildlife habitats. The classroom has become a beautiful meeting place used by the school and community alike.

FINDING SOLUTIONS TO FOOD WASTE

Westmount Charter School-Elementary Campus, Calgary, AB

When the third-grade students at Calgary’s Westmount Charter School decided to tackle the issue of food waste, the first thing they did was invite guest speakers from COSTCO and the Calgary Food Bank to speak to the school about the issue. The students discovered that 50% of food waste in landfills is generated by private homes, and that a community composting program could significantly reduce this number. The fourth graders subsequently implemented a composting program in the classroom, and have now written letters to the Mayor of Calgary and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta asking that the city follow their example by initiating community-wide composting.

FINDING SOLUTIONS TO FOOD WASTE

Westmount Charter School-Elementary Campus, Calgary, AB

When the third-grade students at Calgary’s Westmount Charter School decided to tackle the issue of food waste, the first thing they did was invite guest speakers from COSTCO and the Calgary Food Bank to speak to the school about the issue. The students discovered that 50% of food waste in landfills is generated by private homes, and that a community composting program could significantly reduce this number. The fourth graders subsequently implemented a composting program in the classroom, and have now written letters to the Mayor of Calgary and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta asking that the city follow their example by initiating community-wide composting.

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