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, March 28, 2013

King Arthur Flour Life Skills

Amy Driscoll of King Arthur Flour and assistants Jonathan Green and Lindsey Wood demonstrate how to make bread. Each student in Grades 4-8 will bake two loaves of bread this weekend. They will keep one at home and bring the other one to school to be donated to the Kingdom Community Services Food Shelf. Thank you King Arthur Flour for a great assembly and community service project!

Learning to throw pizza dough!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Making Dog Biscuits for a Local Shelter

Chef  Derek

Preparing flour bags for the King Arthur Flour Assembly

Woops, where did the shell go?

Hope the dogs like these!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Artist-in-Residence Janet Van Fleet

As part of our “Food for Thought” Project, we were very excited to have had Artist-in-Residence, Janet Van Fleet here at Waterford School to work with our K-5 students. The residency took place the week of March 18th culminating with an art display and a sharing of Stone Soup on Friday, March 22nd.  Janet had the students create many incredible food-related art projects!
“Janet Van Fleet is a mixed-media artist who lives and works in Vermont. She is a founder of Studio Place Arts, a community center for the visual arts in Barre, Vermont where she has her studio. Van Fleet’s work often makes reference to political, environmental and social issues.”
You can learn more about Janet and her work on her website: www.janetvanfleet.com
5th Graders created visual representations of food additives

2nd Graders made an alphabet out of food

4th Graders created their own "Aiken Drum"

1st Graders created fruits and veggies

3rd Graders made cool things out of food!

Kindergarteners etched their names on banannas

2nd Graders designed their own seed packets.

Preparation for Assembly Presentations

Ms. Rossetti works with 4th & 5th graders on the script.

Sugar has at least 50 different names

Carter, Jonathan and Ms. Beattie working on the introduction.

Roots & Shoots members will share some of their research with  the whole school  during two assemblies.
Please check out these sites to learn more about what you are eating: