Roots and Shoots
"Roots creep underground everywhere and make a firm foundation.
Shoots seem very weak, but to reach the light, they can break open
brick walls. Imagine that the brick walls are all the problems we have
inflicted on our planet. Hundreds of thousands of roots and shoots,
hundreds of thousands of young people around the world, can break
through these walls. We CAN change the world".
Dr Jane Goodall
In 2007, the Year 4-6 class became members of the Roots and Shoots
Program. It is an international program that brings awareness of issues
affecting humans, animals and the environment to the students. The program enables students to realise that they can get involved in these issues and that their actions can make a difference in the world.
Students as part of their Humanitarian act have undertaken a
number of causes, since commencing on this program. Such
causes have included:
• knitting baby jumpers to send to Africa for babies with AIDS that were
sent home wrapped in newspaper.
• raised money to buy an African community a goat to produce milk and
offspring that can be traded for money.
• Raised money for the Victorian Bushfire Appeal.
• Commenced work on "Blankets of Love" for families suffering
from the distress of a sick or stillborn baby.
• Raised money to purchase a number of animals and a barn for an African community.
• Made Teddy Bears to send to Haiti after the devastating earthquake.
• Assisted the local hospital on a range of issues.
Programs undertaken as part of their action on environmental issues.
• Installed a small kitchen garden in the school grounds growing
vegetables to use in Home Economics lessons.
• Planted a range of native plants to revegetate the bus bay at school
to encourage native birds and wildlife to return.
• In 2009 the students have focused their vision on getting the
Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program up and running to
create a much larger kitchen garden.
• Continued to improve the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden.
• Have investigated the use of worms in the garden and the issue of Sustainable Gardening.
The Animal Welfare component of the program have
• Raise money for the RSPCA by holding a Million Paws Walk.
• Participate in "Bounce Back" at Wilpena Pound. An inititative of
the National Park to encourage native wildlife to repopulate and
flourish in the surrounding areas.
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