What is Roots & Shoots?

What is Roots & 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 & shoots, hundreds of thousands of young people around the world, can break through these walls. We CAN change the world.

- Dr. Jane

The Roots & Shoots program is about making positive change happen—for our communities, for animals and for the environment. With tens of thousands of young people in almost 100 countries, the Roots & Shoots network connects youth of all ages who share a desire to create a better world. Young people identify problems in their communities and take action. Through service projects, youth-led campaigns and an interactive website, Roots & Shoots members are making a difference across the globe.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

School Board Presentation

Brooke, Jillian and Maeve did a presentation for the Waterford School Board about their trip to New York City to attend the Roots & Shoots Youth Summit. The students prepared a PowerPoint presentation and shared what they had learned in the workshops they attended.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Northeast Regional Youth Summit in NYC

On November 11th & 12th, Jillian, Maeve and Brooke attended the Roots & Shoots Youth Summit in NYC. The summit was held at the new "green" Battery Park City School overlooking the Statue of Liberty. The girls attended workshops on a variety of topics and had the opportunity to hear a keynote address by Bill Wallauer, Research Videographer for Jane Goodall.

Congratulations to the Waterford School Roots & Shoots members for being recognized as one of the most active groups in our region for 2011!! Great job!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Public Service Announcement

Lindsey, Jaime, Emilie and Brooke bring Gonzo to the KATV studio to tape a PSA for the Kingdom Animal Shelter for National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week.

The Waterford School Roots & Shoots group is holding a drive this week to collect items for the shelter.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Penny Feud Donation

Elena Gustavson from the Center for an Agricultural Economy accepts the check from Roots & Shoots members at an assembly on Thursday. We celebrated our donation with ice cream for all!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Wood Ducks & Kestrels

Guest Speaker- Paul Hamelin, Wildlife Biologist
Mr. Hamelin discussed Wood Duck and Kestrel habitat around Lake Memphremagog in Newport, Vt.
We started working on building some nesting boxes which will be put out in February.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Meeting September 29

Collecting juice pouches.

Measuring for the Nature Trail lettering.

Making "Stained Glass" leaves.

Ryan making a recycling check list.

Cleaning the compost bins with style!


We have accomplished our goal of reducing waste in our school. Due to your recycling and composting efforts, the dumpster will only need to be emptied twice per month instead of every week. We've saved the school money and helped the environment!!

Penny Feud Fundraiser

Thank You to all of the Waterford School students, staff and community members who contributed to our fundraiser for The Center of Agricultural Economy. This organization gives loans to farmers who have lost crops and livestock in the recent floods.

We raised $800!!!! Great job!

Colors of the Kingdom Parade/International Day of Peace

First Meeting 2011

Making the Peace Dove

Saturday, July 9, 2011

You Made a Difference

Ryan Aremburg receives a Community Service Award for his dedication and work on the recycling project. The award was presented by
Ms. Rossetti, Mrs. Wood and Ms. Beattie

Trent Lowell received his award at the 8th Grade Graduation Ceremony.

Great job!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

End of the Year Field Trip

Tamarlane Farm Composting and Northeast Kingdom Waste Management District.

Recycled Art Projects & Michael Recycle Meets Litterbug Doug

Michael Recycle Meets Litterbug Doug
Book by Ellie Bethel Illustrated by Alexandra Colombo

video by katv.org

Friday, June 3, 2011

Pre-School Presentation

Three 6th Grade Roots & Shoots members Brooke Smith, Jaimie Wood and Jillian Brochu prepared a presentation about our composting and recycling program to 20 pre-school students and their parents. After modeling how to empty a lunch tray with various items, they had each child come up and sort the things on their tray into the various recycling containers. Included in the presentation were suggestions for preparing a nutritious lunch that also reduces packaging. At the end of the presentation, each family received a Laptop Lunch reusable lunch kit with a booklet for healthy eating. The kits were funded by a grant through the early education program.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

"Waste Free Lunch" Persuasive Writing Pieces from Mrs. Chardon's Class

Do you know how many pounds of trash a kid can throw away at lunchtime a year? 67 pounds! We can stop this by packing a waste-free lunch. I know you might think it is too much work, but it is less trash for the landfills. It will help the environment. I will help you plan ahead and make it. We can buy containers and reuse them. As a matter of fact, it costs less to buy a large container of food and fill our containers than it does to buy the small packaged food. I think packing a waste-free lunch is important because it is good for the environment and all sorts of other reasons. Let’s put those 67 pounds of trash on a diet. Maybe we can make it go all the way down to 0 pounds.
James Grade 3

Did you know that every year a student throws away an estimate of 67 pounds of trash from their lunch? So we (the whole earth) have to prevent that from happening by making a waste-free lunch. In this paper I am going to tell you why it is important to have a waste-free lunch. You can pack a waste-free lunch the night before, but don’t worry I will help you. A waste-free lunch can really help the earth by not throwing away trash. A waste-free lunch is good because of many reasons. One is no trash fills up the landfill, two is it is less work for the custodians, three is less energy is used driving to the landfill, and four is packing your own food is less expensive than buying food that is already packaged. Do you want this earth to be a big ball of trash or do you want it to be a big healthy earth full of recycling and reusing and stuff like that? Let’s make this earth green and healthy. When we run out of spaces to put landfills where is all of that trash going to go? So let’s start. Reduce, reuse, and recycle. If we compost it will help save the environment. If we help and work together we can make this earth green and not a world of garbage. Go green!

Danielle Grade 4

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Making Reusable Lunch Pouches

Thank you to Patty Desrochers for donating the material and Deb Stresing for her sewing magic!