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.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

PSA on Water Conservation at KATV

8th Grade Roots & Shoots members prepared and recorded a Public Service Announcement on Water Conservation which will be aired on our local cable channel.Pointers included: fixing leaky faucets, shutting off the water when you brush your teeth, installing a low-flow shower head and proper disposal of toxic chemicals.

Roots & Shoots Mini-Grant

With our Roots & Shoots Mini-Grant funds, we were able to purchase water bottles for
 every student in Grades 5-8. In our first meeting, we learned about the environmental impact of purchasing bottled water.
Students requested that water coolers with a place to fill bottles be purchased for our school.
Mrs. Brooks, our principal has gotten approval for two new water fountains!
Thank you to The Jane Goodall Institute!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Water for South Sudan: Iron Giraffe Challenge

In Mrs. Whitbread's 6th-8th grade Humanities classes, students read "A Long Walk to Water" by  Linda Sue Park. The students felt inspired to do something to help. Our Roots & Shoots Group combined with all of  the  6th-8th graders, will be planning and implementing a series of events to raise $1000 by May 1st, 2015 for the Iron Giraffe Challenge. This money will go toward building a well in South Sudan. The 6th grade class prepared and presented an assembly for the whole school to explain the project. Students were in teams and got an opportunity to experience what it was like to carry a five gallon bucket of water.  For more information go to:

1st graders carrying 5 gallons of water.

Tyler explains how he made his "Tippy-Tap"