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Nature referance book drive & school beautification

Posted by:   Hanna on Jul 20, 2012
Town:         Somers
Troop:        65032

What issue did your Take Action project address?
My take action project was to keep the entrance of my school looking clean, free of litter, over grown plants & be inviting the students, teachers & parents. My school library only offered a small selection of reference books on animals or nature/plant life.

What was your Take Action Project? Who did you involve in your project?
The entrance to my school has a large monument with the school name engraved, around this area plants were over grown or dead & were filled with lots of weeds. For two years I gardened this area. Each summer, with the help of my parents & sisters, I replanted, trimmed, weeded, mulched & watered prior to the start of school. In the fall, I cut back shrubs & old seasonal plants and then planted spring bulbs. Each spring I would again weed, rearrange the blooming bulbs, divide & replant flowers/plants, mulch & water. I tried to keep colors that went along with the season. In addition to gardening, I noticed that many times during the school year our teachers would walk classes over to the local library for research projects. Our school had limited fun and interesting reference books, it made finding resources hard and we could not check books out of the public library, so we did not have a lot of time to read & write what we found out about the subject we were doing. I held several book drives at local events asking for new or gently used reference books on animals, plants or nature, like the ocean or volcano's. I collected over 70 books. I met with my school librarian before the start of school at least 5 different times to catalog, put "due date pockets" and also paste book plates on or in the inside the book.

What were the results? How did it affect the community?
The school entrance was really nice. By keeping the over grown plants cut low & replanting new flowers & scrubs the name of our school was easy to see. Many times that I was gardening people would stop by to say thank you or that the area looked great. My town has 3 schools all on the same small street, so it made finding the elementary school easier. I was able to help other student in my school by providing more references for book reports. The students can also check out the books from the school, they do not need a town library card or to be driven to the local library.

What did you learn from the experience?
I learned it is important to be active in your community. Gardening is really hard but rewarding when it's all done. Cataloging books is fun.

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