Peace Day - September 21, 2008 - 86
Wisconsin The Tomah High School Roots & Shoots club had a great school year 2007-08. They raised $5400 for the Special Olympics with their Polar Plunge where contestants braved the ice cold waters of the Black River. They collected 1300 pounds of pet food for their local Monroe Country Animal Shelter. They raised money for Habitat for Humanity, and attended their regional Roots & Shoots Conference where they got to take some classes from their mentor, Dr. Jane Goodall. nologies to equip the new school buildings with green technology. They also are working with the local forestry bureau to plant species that will complement the local biodiversity and help rebuild panda habitat and that of many other rare species in this intensely diverse area. colorado china After the earthquake at Longmenshan School, the Roots & Shoots flag was recovered and group meetings reinstated, though at least one member was lost in the quake. The Roots & Shoots Chengdu Office is now working to meet some of the immediate needs, such as clothing and shoes for the teachers and students in Longmenshan and desks, chairs and books for another of their partner schools in the Shuangliu Earthquake area. They are working with the local education bureaus to help link them with the latest tech- Mark Bekoff, as part of the Roots & Shoots program, has been working at the Boulder County Jail over the past eight years. He teaches animal behavior, conservation biology and animal and environmental ethics to the men living at the jail. He notes, “The discussions the men and I have are extremely interesting and wide-ranging, and it thrills me how outspoken and informed these men are about important issues.” Many of these men go on to do meaningful work when they leave the prison, using the skills and knowledge they received through Roots and Shoots. california - Mexico The Zumers Roots & Shoots Group from Malibu, California have taken an orphanage in nearby Tijuana, Mexi- 86 Peace Day 2008
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