2014-15 Care for Our Earth Grants

The 2014-15 Care for Our Earth Grant program was generously funded by:

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Tommie Kunst Junior High School Pedal Power

Charlotte Belyea
Tommie Kunst Jr. High
Santa Maria-Bonita School District

Pedal Power is a program where students are encouraged to use bicycles for transportation through the implementation of a youth bicycle safety curriculum. This program is part of the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition’s education program which supplies refurbished bicycles, and new helmets to the students who complete the six week program.

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California Native Succulents Demonstration Garden

Mike Anderson
Hope School
Hope School District

Students will teach the importance of being good environmental stewards, by using drought tolerant plants, and creating green spaces at school and at home.

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Ecosystems and Human Impact

Alice Bingham
Canalino School
Carpinteria Unified School District

Students learn about biomes, the basic needs of living things, adaptations organisms have made to survive in their environment, and human impacts on ecosystems.

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Designing Water Filters

Shannon Beaudette
Peabody Charter School
Santa Barbara Unified School District

As part of a water conservation project, students will use their knowledge of the water cycle, and investigate the properties of filter materials, to plan, construct, test, and improve their own water filters

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Discovering Intelligent Design with Solar Energy and Recycled Materials

LoriLee Collins
Carpinteria Family School
Carpinteria Unified School District

Students will discover and investigate the use of solar energy to go along with wind energy activities. The students will use Solar Kits to measure energy, design intelligent vehicle as well as inspire creative ideas to reduce the carbon and other materials waste.

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Saving Water Using Rain Barrels

Torey Beerman
Santa Ynez Valley Charter School
College School District

Students will use rain barrels to explore opportunities to save water in their communities by reducing the strain on water consumption.

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Bike Riders Make Better Students

Gerald Dahill
Rincon High School
Carpinteria Unified School District

After visiting BICI Centro Bike Shop the students learn about bicycle maintenance, alternative means of transportation, positive affects of bike riding, and how working with a non-profit agency can build self-esteem.

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Natural, Neat, and Native

Candis Cuevas
Olive Grove Charter
Los Olivos School District

Students will learn to understand the benefits of sustainable landscape practices (saving water). The students will be able to identify some local native plants, learn why native plants help save water, and benefit the environment.

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Promoting Literacy for DBE Students

Maria Gonzalez
Mary Buren School
Guadalupe Union School District

Developmental Bilingual Program helps maintain students primary language , while adding a secondary language. Funds for this program will be used to purchase science books to improve student literacy skills.

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How to Create a Professional Portfolio that Addresses Water Conservation

Amanda Daniels
Dos Puertas School
Santa Barbara County Education Office

Students will learn how to conserve water by compiling water measurements, create charts to document usage, participate in creating a cost analysis report and develop a thorough report to explain the amount of water usage.

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Promoting Good Air Quality

Andrea Hernandez
Liberty School
Santa Maria-Bonita School District

Students will learn what causes poor air quality, and how they can help keep air quality clean by using various methods of transportation. Students will share with their peers that each person can make a difference with a healthy living environment.

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Clean Hands Green Garden

Shalon Edwards
Santa Barbara Charter School
Santa Barbara Unified School District

Students will learn about, and implement grey water strategies by using recycled water from hand washing to water gardens and orchards. Students will track the amount of water saved by creating a data table to share with the school, and parents through the schools online news.

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Spanish Library Non-Fiction Books

Melissa Hernandez
Mary Buren School
Guadalupe Union School District

This grant will help to increase the Spanish science collection of books, and enrich the students education, as well as providing them with knowledge on how they may help to protect the environment.

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Water Conservation Day

Marna Ford
Miguelito School
Lompoc Unified School District

In this project students will learn how to conserve water, check for leaks, and learn about rebates for drought resistant yards, after the students have accomplished the assignment of learning to conserve water, Marna will work with students to host a “Water Conservation Day” for the school. The information learned by the students will be shared at “Water Conservation Day.”

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Saving Our Earth, One Sip at a Time

Deanna Jones
El Camino Jr. High
Santa Maria-Bonita School District

This projects aims to educate the students, and staff about the importance of recycling plastic bottles, and opting for reusable bottles whenever possible. The students will educate their peers through recycling tips, campus recycling watch, and encouraging others to recycle and reuse.

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How can We Save Water?

Liliana Carolina Garfias
Solvang School
Solvang School District

Teacher and students will brainstorm about how many times a day they use water, and how they use it. Students will share their daily routines of water consumption, and work in groups to share ideas on how to conserve water.

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Safe Routes to School

Lee Ann Knodel
SBHS/ROP/CTE
Santa Barbara Unified School District

Students will map out a variety of safe routes to school, and present them to their peers to encourage riding bikes, and walking to school. The students will work with Bici Centro to present this as a community event, they will also host after school rides to teach safety, and make reflective shirt to stand out to car drivers. The results of this project is to see more students ride and walk to school and feel safer doing so.

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Water Wise Owls

Joanne Grayson
Santa Ynez School
College School District

Students will research water conservation strategies, create a list of tips, and will make colorful posters to share with their school community. The intended outcome is to educate the class, and the school on ways they can conserve water.

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Window Treatments

Janet Kraus
Benjamin Foxen School
Blochman Union School District

The U.S. Department of Energy reports that windows typically account for 25 percent of annual heating, and cooling cost in older buildings, and can even be responsible for as much as 40 percent of energy loss. The students plan to lower the schools energy consumption by analyzing prior bills, and by documenting the energy output, once the student have completed their data they would like to purchase energy-efficient window treatments such as plastic sheeting for the school office.

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Bilingual Non-Fiction Library

Azucena Guzman, Maria Mosqueda Camelia Ortiz
Mary Buren School
Guadalupe Union School District

Funds for this grant will support students enrolled in the Developmental Bilingual Education Program, the new science books will support literacy development in both English and Spanish as well as support the teaching of the science standards.

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Forms of Energy and Importance of Conserving It

Gabriela Reyes
Canalino School
Carpinteria Unified School District

In this project students will understand two forms of energy: magnetism and electricity. The students will follow a five lesson plan (Engage, Explore, Explain, Evaluate, Extend) which provides labs, and hands-on experiences for students to master the objectives. Moreover, they will understand the importance of energy conservation.

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Irrigation System

Chad Hartford
Benjamin Foxen School
Blochman Union School District

The goal for the students is to install an irrigation system in their school garden. The system will include a timer, and a drip system to increase water conservation. By installing an irrigation system the students will learn a valuable lesson on saving water, and caring for our earth.

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Pedal Power!

Tammy Saurman
Fesler Junior High School
Santa Maria-Bonita School District

The Pedal Power! after school program will teach students bike mechanics, bike handling skills, bike maintenance, signaling, signage, and the rules of the road. Students will be able to safely ride their bicycles, and will save energy, as well as cut traffic, and pollution.

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I Can Make a Difference!

Christine Jimenez
Tunnell School
Santa Maria-Bonita School District

Students will brainstorm ways they can reduce the amount of water they use at home, they will create posters demonstrating ways that they plan to conserve water they use in their homes, and share these ideas with their families.

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Joe Nightingale’s Green Team

Lisa Savaso
Joe Nightingale School
Orcutt Union School District

Students are assigned a classroom or office on campus to be in charge of collecting weekly recyclable materials. They communicate with each class to answer, and teach recycling topics. Grant funds are used to purchase post-consumer recycled classroom materials, and supplies to help students see how their efforts can come full circle.

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The 5-Minute Shower Challenge

Andrea Lauderdale
Vieja Valley School
Hope School District

After learning about the water cycle, and how water is a necessary part of our existence, students, and their families conduct “The 5-Minute Shower Challenge” where they track the time they spend in the shower, along with the amount of water they use. They then adjust their shower time to five minutes or less, and re calculate the amount of water they use with the shorter shower times. Students discuss the implications of water consumption, and conservation.

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Garden Solar Panels

Hilary Wilson
Santa Ynez Valley Charter School
College School District

In this project students will learn basic AC/DC electricity/physical science as well as how to install and orient solar panels for maximum efficiency. The portable power station will be used in the the school garden, cooking projects, projecting videos, and playing music. The students will benefit from the sustainable, zero-emission source of power.

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Drought Tolerant Campus Beautification

Stacey Lovell
Orcutt Academy Elementary School
Orcutt Union School District

Students will learn about native, drought tolerant plants, and the benefits of planting them in gardens. Students will be responsible for researching the best plants to plant, as well as research, and install a drip system. Beauty, and conservation can be brought together to create a sustainable landscape.

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Proper Pretty Plants

Ashlee Madrid
Santa Ynez Elementary
College School District

The students will replace and replenish the barrels around their campus with succulents in consideration of conserving water. The students will learn about horticulture, and help the community in a time of a severe drought.

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Save Water-Save Earth

Linda Mayer
Santa Ynez Charter
College School District

In this project students will keep track of their own water usage for three 24 hour periods which includes one weekend day, gaining an understanding of how much water is used for various everyday activities. They will keep a journal of their day to day usage measured in gallons. After three days, students will total up their usage, and compare their results with their peers. They will create ways to help prevent storm water pollution, and implement what they have learned about water waste, conservation and pollution.

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Native Plant Demonstration Garden

Markie Wordley
Lompoc High School
Lompoc Unified School District

Lompoc High School students and community members will see the ease, and beauty of transforming an irrigated space into one that is drought tolerant, and encourages native flora, and fauna to flourish. This project will educate the school, and local community on water conservation.

Joint (Energy and Water) Projects

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Kindergarten Composters

Penelope Joaquin
Adam School
Santa Maria-Bonita School District

Students will develop a sustainable composting system by collecting fruit, and vegetable food waste from their school lunches, and snacks. The composting results will reduce food waste in the school trash, saves energy by reducing trips made to the landfill, and reduces the water needs in the school garden. The project -based learning from composting will aid in the development of a life science curriculum.

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Developmental Bilingual Education Non-Fiction Library Collection

Michelle Minetti-Smith
Mary Buren School
Guadalupe Union School District

This grant will help to increase the Spanish non-fiction collection of books for the students attending Mary Buren School in the areas of science, particularly in the areas of water, and energy. The collection of books will enhance student learning as well as teachers’ lessons in the area of Earth Science.