2017 Project Listing

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Nonprofit Project Title Grades Student Limit Theme Status
Blaine County Rec Wood River Trail Spring Spend an afternoon with your classmates picking up trash along the BCRD Wood River Trail! Walk sections of the bike path with a trash bag and a pair of gloves picking up trash along the way. K-12 5 classrooms Environment
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Blaine County Rec Ski the Rails Aid StationSupport the fun and free Ski the Rails event, a community ski tour along the Wood River Trail from Ketchum to Hailey. Create a welcoming aid station that provides snacks and drinks free of charge to Ski the Rails participants.

Ski the Rails is a weekend, community event, and students will need adult supervision while they are working the booth.

This event is in January; the project must be selected by December of 2017.

6-12 1 classroom or small group of individuals Athletics, Recreation, Community Event
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Blaine County Rec Miles of Smiles Bike BuildingParticipate in the BCRD’s Miles of Smiles bike giveaway program by building the bikes that will be given away. Miles of Smiles is a program that supplies brand new bikes to children in our community in need. Work together with your class to bring the joy of riding a bike to several children who wouldn’t otherwise experience it.

Please note, this project will take place in late winter or early spring.

9-12 1 classroom or small group of individuals Athletics, Recreation, Education, Children
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Camp Rainbow Gold Fall Family Retreat Photo BackdropThe annual Fall Family Retreat (October 12-15, 2017) brings together 15-19 families that have a child diagnosed with cancer and gives them the opportunity to step away from the stress of cancer and enjoy the outdoor activities that the mountains of Idaho offer. It is also a time for the families to bond with each other as well as connect with other families going through similar struggles of a cancer diagnosis.

Camp Rainbow Gold is looking for students to create and build a “Face in the hole” photo backdrop with a fall theme so that families can get their family portrait taken. The backdrop should be sturdy and have at least four face-holes in it. Up to four lasses can collaborate on this project and each make different backdrops; there only needs to be one stand.

** This Fall Family Retreat project would need to be completed and delivered to a camp representative by the morning of October 12, 2017.

3-12 4 classrooms Art
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Camp Rainbow Gold Create Fall Themed Wreaths and Decor for Fall Family RetreatCamp Rainbow Gold needs fall themed wreaths or swags that can be placed on each family cabin (19 max) as decoration before they arrive at camp and can take home after the camp session. Work with your classmates to collect items and create beautiful fall wreaths for these famillies to enjoy!

The annual Fall Family Retreat (October 12-15, 2017) brings together 15-19 families that have a child diagnosed with cancer the opportunity to step away from the stress of cancer and enjoy the outdoor activities that the mountains of Idaho offer. It is also a time for the families to bond with each other as well as connect other families going through similar struggles of a cancer diagnosis.

This Fall Family Retreat project would need to be completed and delivered to a camp representative by the morning of October 12, 2017.

3-12 1 class Art
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Camp Rainbow Gold Decorate Volunteer CabinsEach year in May, Camp Rainbow Gold hosts a three-day volunteer training session for the 200+ volunteers that will be participating in our upcoming camp programs. The project for Volunteer Training (May 18-20, 2018) would be to decorate the cabins to welcome the volunteers to training. There are 19 cabins and the decorating would take place on May 18th in the early afternoon.
9-12 10-15 students Art
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The Community Library Adopt a Hallway and Fill it with Book-Inspired ArtAdopt a Hallway at The Community Library and fill it with book inspired art!

The Community Library has a hallway between The Children’s Library and the main library where they often have art displays. A class would be able to adopt the hallway and display a piece of art they created that was inspired by a book or another piece of literature. The Children’s Library would host an artist’s reception where we invite the student artists, their parents, and the community. Students would have a chance to discuss their art and then the art would stay on display for a limited amount of time (to be determined, about 2-4 months).

The hallway has 15 pre-installed panels from which art can be hung. If lightweight, additional art can be adhered to the panels. The works of art will need to be 2-dimensional. The library cannot accommodate 3 dimensional works such as pottery or sculptures in this space. (Teachers can make a visit to check out the space or photos can be provided upon request, and determine the framework of the art based on what is best for their curriculum. Note: the space is not climate controlled according to art industry standards).

If desired, students can be involved in hanging, labeling, and displaying the artwork. Students will also be invited to an artist’s reception, if this is desired at part of the project.

K-5 2 classrooms Art, Literature
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ERC Bio-Control in the Wood River ValleyThe ERC’s Pesticide Action program is working to reduce the use of pesticides, herbicides, and chemical fertilizers in the Wood River Valley. One of our projects is to oversee the maintenance of and education around the Wood River Community Knapweed Bio-Control Insectary: a nursery for insects that eat Spotted-Knapweed (a very common and problematic noxious weed).

In an effort to control weeds, landowners often rely on chemicals that are destructive to native plant communities and harmful to environmental and human health. Chemicals are used every day to maintain school grounds, playing fields, and public paths, unnecessarily exposing our community to carcinogens, asthmagens, and developmental toxins. In Blaine County, a minimum of 11 pesticides are routinely sprayed, many of which are known neurotoxins and endocrine disruptors that cause reproductive damage and are linked to various cancers. One non-chemical weed strategy the ERC is promoting is the use of is bio-control. The ERC, in collaboration with the Forest Service and Blaine County Noxious Weed Department, maintains the Wood River Community Knapweed Bio-Control Insectary at the Sawtooth National Recreation Area Headquarters where root-boring weevils (insects) are being grown to provide a chemical-alternative weed control to the Valley. Currently it costs /weevil; however, with this local insectary, each weevil will be given out free of charge and will be more effective as it will be habituated to our local ecosystem.

In this project, students will learn about noxious weeds, bio-control, and weevils. Students then have the option of taking a field trip to the insectary where they will see how the weevils are raised, assist with the maintenance of the insectary (age-dependent), and take a guided walk around the insectary. Otherwise, in the classroom, students can work on educational signage for the insectary or assist in the decoration of native seed packets that the ERC will distribute to the community. The ERC can make its classroom visit at any point; however, the field trip component will need to take place before the end of October or in late April or May when snow has melted from the insectary.

4-12 none Environment, Health, Ecology
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ERC Pick Up for the Planet (PUP) Program Currently, the ERC collaborates with the United States Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management to manage dog waste at local trailheads, and to educate the community on the negative health and environmental impacts of unattended dog waste. Dog waste is the third largest cause of water pollution in the United States as it contains extremely high levels of phosphorus and nitrogen that, when added to the water, encourages rampant algae growth, which degenerates and alters the river ecosystem. Unlike horses, deer, and other domestic and wild animals, dog waste contains microbes that can be harmful to humans and dogs alike including parasites, e. coli, salmonella, giardia, and many more one gram of dog feces contains 23 million fecal bacteria. Because the rivers and streams of the Wood River basin are fed almost entirely by rain and snow runoff, the water flows down from the hillsides and brings with it sediment and uncollected waste. Therefore, every time someone neglects to pick up and dispose of their pet’s waste, they are adding to the pollution of our waterways.

The ERC’s PUP program is essential in maintaining a healthy and beautiful local environment free of unhealthy amounts of dog waste. The PUP program offers free bags to hikers and walkers, a strategically placed bin to place dog waste in, and weekly maintenance of the bin, to make disposing of waste easy, pleasant, and accessible to all.

In this project, the ERC will do an introductory program on runoff and the negative effects of dog waste and will then task the students with creating an educational piece around this issue that will be used in our outreach efforts or for older students (5th and above) assist in the collection of data and mapping (through the use of GPS and GIS) or flagging of unattended dog waste at trailheads. This project can be performed throughout the year, although fall and spring are preferable for mapping and flagging.

3-12 none Ecology, Animals
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ERC Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling in the Wood River Valley The ERC currently works with Blaine County’s 5B Recycles program to conduct outreach on best recycling practices. The ERC also facilitates recycling for small and large community events throughout the year. The ERC is looking for students to assist with community outreach and education on engineered product (ie: books, batteries, electronic devices, plastic bags) life cycles.

As the global population continues to grow, our resource needs are increasing, our waste is accumulating, and there are fewer options to dispose of non-recyclable, non-reusable waste. It is important that here in Blaine County we educate our community on what can be diverted from the waste stream and encourage actions and behaviors that keep these items out of the landfill. It is equally important to encourage community members to think about the entire lifecycle of a material rather than just its end life to encourage more sustainable consumer habits. This reducing, reusing, and recycling mindset must be consistently taught and reinforced in our community if we want to maintain the beautiful Blaine County for generations to come.

The combination of our transient community and the continually changing manufacturing and recycling processes make frequent outreach and education critical in Blaine County. Therefore, the ERC is enlisting the help of local students to creatively educate the public on best consumer practices. This project includes an introductory lesson on waste reduction (reducing, reusing and recycling), and an optional field trip to the Blaine County Recycle Center, where students can experience the local recycling practices. After these experiences, students can choose an engineered product to research the cradle-to-grave lifecycle and develop a visual piece that outlines the lifecycle. These visual pieces can be diagrams, posters, brochures, or any other creative visual that clearly exemplifies the engineered product lifecycle. Classrooms could also choose to create educational outreach materials such as brochures, posters, or other creative media to help promote best recycling practices and consumer habits. These visuals or media will be used by the ERC to assist our youth and community education and outreach on reducing, reusing, and recycling. The ERC can make the classroom visit at any time, but the field trip to the recycling center must occur in the fall or spring.

2-12 2 grades, 6 classrooms Environment, Waste Management
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ERC ROES CAMP BIO CONTROLIn this project, students will receive an introductory lesson about noxious weeds, participate in an identification and weed-pull activity during ROES camp, and complete a follow-up in the spring with a weed-pull along the bike path near school. By participating in this project in both the fall and spring students will be able to observe and identify noxious weeds in various stages of their life cycle. It is important to recognize noxious weeds at various stages of their life cycles as the effectiveness of the various control options fluctuates throughout the life cycle.

The ERC?s Pesticide Action program is working to reduce the use of pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers in the Wood River Valley. One of our projects is to oversee the maintenance of and education around the Wood River Community Knapweed Bio-Control Insectary: a nursery for insects that eat Spotted-Knapweed (a very common and problematic noxious weed)

In an effort to control weeds, landowners often rely on chemicals that are destructive to native plant communities and harmful to environmental and human health. Chemicals are used every day to maintain school grounds, playing fields and public paths, unnecessarily exposing our community to carcinogens, asthmagens, and developmental toxins. In Blaine County, a minimum of 11 pesticides are routinely sprayed, many of which are known neurotoxins and endocrine disruptors that cause reproductive damage and are linked to various cancers. One non-chemical weed strategy the ERC is promoting is the use of is bio-control. The ERC, in collaboration with the Forest Service and Blaine County Noxious Weed Department, maintains the Wood River Community Knapweed Bio-Control Insectary at the Sawtooth National Recreation Area Headquarters where root-boring weevils (insects) are being grown to provide a chemical-alternative weed control to the Valley. Currently it costs /weevil; however, with this local insectary, each weevil will be given out free of charge and will be more effective as it will be habituated to our local ecosystem.

6 All WRMS and Hemingway 6th graders Environment, Ecology, Health
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ERC Support Our Sage GrouseSage grouse, native ground-dwelling Idaho birds, are currently enduring drastic population declines, due, in large part, to habitat destruction and degradation. Just a few decades ago, 16 million of these birds inhabited the American West; today, however, there may only be 500,000 (Idaho Statesman, 2017). Sage grouse are an indicator species, which means that their health reflects the well-being of their surrounding habitat and the hundreds of other species that depend on it, including elk, mule deer, and golden eagles.

This project will include an introductory lesson on the life history of sage grouse and the challenges they currently face. Students will then take a field trip to a local site assigned by the Idaho Fish and Game to tag fences to make them more visible to sage grouse. When left untagged, fences are difficult for sage grouse to see, often causing injuries or death. Classes will have the opportunity to create a reflective or educational piece about their experiences learning about sage grouse to share with the community if desired.

6-12 2 classrooms Environment, Fish and Game, Animals
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Hailey Fire Department Train Like A FirefighterLearn what it takes to be a firefighter- teamwork, speed, fearlessness, and love for your community. For this project, students are divided into 2 groups. One group is running an obstacle course to demonstrate basic Firefighter skills such as, teamwork, efficiency, speed and accuracy. The obstacle course concludes with students using a fire extinguisher to put out a fire. Meanwhile the other group is learning basic first aid skills and CPR. This group will also assemble a basic first aid kit to take home or to be donated.
6-8 40 students Fire Safety
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Hailey Ice Learn to Skate 3rd GradeHailey Ice is excited to offer a “Learn to Skate Program” for third graders. Our goal is to bring a classroom into the rink to learn a new skill that will allow them the opportunity to recreate with friends and family, and find another way to stay physically active while having tons of fun! We will have instructors to teach the children, and also allow them free skate time.

In taking on this wonderful project we would like you, the students, to help bring even more awareness to what we do, and how others can help! In addition to creating this opportunity for students to learn to skate help us showcase the program and the Campion Ice house. Some ideas to showcase Hailey Ice may include but certainly are not limited to; creating a video highlighting the facility and programming that we do, or, even better, help us organize a family skate night, which gets not only students but the entire family enjoying a fantastic winter sport!

3 none Athletics, Recreation
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Higher Ground Sun Valley Paralympic School DayHigher Ground’s Paralympic School Day helps to maximize students’ awareness and understanding toward people with physical or cognitive disabilities. Students participating in this Wow Project will work alongside Higher Ground staff to plan and execute the day’s activities with various classrooms; in addition, Higher Ground would love to have the Wow participants film and edit a 2-3 minute video to capture the day’s events.

Each Paralympic School Day Experience is based on a 5 hour schedule; morning activities include a Paralympian’s personal story, followed by three physical activities including sitting volleyball, amputee football, and an adaptive equipment obstacle course. After lunch, students use blindfolds and goggles to simulate visual impairments, and for the final activity of the day, all students collaboratively create an art project to reflect on their feelings and experiences throughout the day’s activities.

Wow participants will work alongside Higher Ground staff to increase other students’ knowledge and awareness of Paralympic sports, create a better understanding of inclusion in physical education and activity in school, facilitate a change in perspective and attitude toward individuals with disabilities, and develop ideas with students about increasing opportunities for all people with disabilities.

7-12 2 classrooms Adaptive Sports, Education, Athletics
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Hospice of the Wood River Valley Moments of Remembering Moments of Remembering is about taking the time to honor the individuals in the Wood River Valley who are experiencing a life threatening/serious illness and perhaps could use an encouraging note or item to remind them that they are not forgotten, disenfranchised, and are valued by our community.

We are looking for a monthly project that can be delivered to our hospice office in Ketchum and from there we will be dispersing the items to our patients that live throughout Blaine County. Ideas for moments of remembering include- notes for Thanksgiving, an art project to present to Veterans for Veterans Day/Memorial Day; paper origami cranes that symbolize a wish (Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes); Holiday/Christmas note; Candles to symbolize hope; any other idea that can correspond to the holidays and time of year with notes/projects. We average 55 patients/day, so having approximately 50 of each thing would be ideal.

K-5 1 grade History, Relationships, Story Telling
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Hospice of the Wood River Valley Legacy ProjectThe Legacy Project invites high school students to interview a hospice patient over the course of several weeks, exploring their past, validating what is important in their lives, and creating a friendship. At the end of the semester, the families of the patient are presented with a final project that captures the stories that the student obtained during their weekly visits throughout the semester. Final projects from students could include a book that records stories, a photo album accompanied by stories, or an audio/video history. Training for students will be provided beforehand as well as on an on-going basis throughout the school year. Materials will also be provided to assist students with collecting the history while at their visit. Students will need to have transportation to get to and from an individual’s home.

11-12 1 or 2 individuals History, Relationships, Story Telling
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The Hunger Coalition Grow Plant Starts for Bloom Community FarmBloom Community Farm is looking for a group of 25 or fewer students to grow the following plant starts for their farm: Broccoli (50), Green Cabbage (50), Napa Cabbage (50), Green Onions (two trays). The Hunger Coalition will provide seeds and trays. Students will need to provide potting soil and greenhouse space for the first 6-8 weeks of the starts’ lives. The class will also transplant their starts into farm ground in April or May 2018, with support of Farm staff. Not only is this project a great way to learn about the life cycle of plants and farming, but it is also an opportunity for students to help impact people in Blaine County’s access to fresh, healthy food.
K-12 1 classroom Farming, Food, Health, Environment, Food Insecurity
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The Hunger Coalition Create a Regional History Sign for Bloom Community Farm and Quigley CanyonResearch, design and build a regional history sign for Bloom Community Farm! Bloom Community Farm sits in the soon to be developed Quigley Canyon. The farm will continue to grow as the canyon is developed and would like to share the history of the space with visitors!

Work together with your classmates to create a sign that educates visitors on the previous uses of the Quigley canyon land area, its wildlife, botany and natural setting, and any additional agricultural points. The sign should be made to withstand the elements of all four seasons and to fit into the existing perrenial garden, matching the current aesthetics of the farm.

In order to conduct your research, you could interview Quigley Farm developers, who possess significant relevant information, the regional history department at the Community Library, your teachers, and other local residents. The Hunger Coalition will consult throughout the project. Students and Wow will provide materials for sign construction.

This project is a great way to tie in regional history lessons to your community impact efforts. Not only will students need to collaborate to research, gather data, and write a functional sign, they will learn the history of a local space that is changing.

6-12 1 classroom History, Local Food
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KDPI The Power of Youth RadioThere has been no time in recent history when the importance of giving a voice to fact and the individual has been more relevant. The KDPI Power of Youth Radio project will give students the opportunity to learn skills ranging from: research, narrative development, interview techniques, broadcast engineering, production management and on air hosting. All aspects will be appropriately tailored to the participating age level.

Students will be encouraged to choose a meaningful topic ranging from generosity to diversity and then develop and produce programming around their chosen topics.

KDPI will also support and make studio time available for other Wow participants to interview their non-profit project hosts on the air. (This can be part of the Power of Youth Radio project or done separately.)

5-12 none Story telling, local history, identity
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KIC Engaging Future EntrepreneursWhy is it so important for a mountain town to consistently be creating new jobs? How can our youth
get involved in creating a growing, vibrant economy? Through a multi-touch point project with the Ketchum Innovation Center (KIC), students will learn some basic entrepreneurial skills and apply them in a project to upgrade the infrastructure at the hub of entrepreneurial activity in the Wood River Valley (the KIC). Possible projects could include renovating office space or creating other building improvements, all based on a student created budget and pro forma analysis.

6-12 none Architecture, Innovation, Entrepeneurship, Design
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Mountain Rides Bike to School Day Helmet SafetyStudents will be in charge of a booth in either the north or the south valley on Bike to School and Work Day and encourage people to ride safely by providing all who stop at the booth a helmet to wear. The student’s job is to properly fit the helmet to those who are getting a free helmet, and to encourage people to always wear helmets while riding a bike. The money raised through the Wow Project will go towards matching money that Mountain Rides raises to purchase helmets from Bell. Prior to the event, you will learn how to fit a helmet properly. Bike to School and Work Day is always on a Friday in mid-May. You will also be in charge of painting and staining the bus shelter near the community school turnoff. 4-5 2 classrooms Athletics, Environment, Biking, Community Events, Recreation
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Nurture Eat and Grow a RainbowThrough a multi-touch point project with Nurture, students will learn about the importance of eating a rainbow of fruits and veggies, and will get their hands into soil to plant seedlings, and, in turn, understand where these healthy plant foods come from. Students will then deliver their seedlings to a selected site of their choices (suggestions include: The Connection, The Advocates, Bloom Community Farm, the Hope garden, etc.)

K-3 8 classrooms Food, Nutrition
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Sawtooth Botanical Garden Celebrating Plants, Inspiring Students: Bug Zoo
Create educational material for the Garden’s popular Bug Zoo! The Sawtooth Botanical Garden is a beautiful and inspiring place for kids to learn the many important roles plants play in the natural ecosystem and in our community. Help the Garden put together its annual Bug Zoo.

A representative from the Botanical Gardens will visit your classroom, or your students can visit the garden itself to learn all about its mission and the Bug Zoo, and to brainstorm project ideas. The project will culminate with a field trip to deliver/install project materials.

K-12 none Plants, Bugs, Environment, Education
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Sawtooth Botanical Garden Celebrating Plants, Inspiring Students: Kids Guide to the Garden
Research and create an educational walking tour of the Garden for kids. The Sawtooth Botanical Garden is a beautiful and inspiring place for kids to learn the many important roles plants play in the natural ecosystem and in our community.

A representative from the Botanical Gardens will visit your classroom, and your students will visit the garden to learn all about it, and to brainstorm for the project. The project will culminate with a field trip to deliver/install project materials.

2-12 none Plants, Environment, Ecology, Education
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Sawtooth Botanical Garden Celebrating Plants, Inspiring Students: PollinatorsCreate/enhance habitat for pollinators such as bumblebees, hummingbirds, and butterflies, even monarchs. Sawtooth Botanical Garden is a beautiful and inspiring place for kids to learn the many important roles plants play in the natural ecosystem and in our community.

This project will include: A classroom and/or site visit to learn about the Garden, its mission, and to brainstorm
project ideas; A classroom or site visit to advance work on the project, and a culminating field trip to deliver/install project materials.

K-12 none Plants, Environment, Ecology, Bees
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Sawtooth Botanical Garden Celebrating Plants, Inspiring Students: Your Idea!
Share your ideas with us! Maybe it’s bugs, bees, birds, flowers, trees, water, native plants, veggies, weeds or? Come up with the perfect project for your class. Sawtooth Botanical Garden is a beautiful and inspiring place for kids to learn the many important roles plants play in the natural ecosystem and in our community.

K-12 none Plants, Environment, Biology
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The Connection Cyber SeniorsThe Connection is looking for Tech Savvy tweens and teens to help seniors with technology– IPADS, internet searches, setting up gmail, setting up Facebook etc. Bring your students to work with Seniors at The Connection and help them become tech savvy seniors! 6-12 1 classroom Technology, Relationships, Senior Citizens
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The Connection Adopt-a-Senior(s)
Students in a classroom or group can adopt the seniors at the senior center for intergenerational activities like playnig BINGO, decorating cookies, singinh together, and playing cards– you name it! This project is most effective if a class can commit to regular (monthly) visits to The Connection.
K-8 3 classrooms Relationships, Senior Citizens
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The Connection Meals on WheelsStudents can raise money to support home-delivered meals ( buys a meal) and make greeting cards along with a companionship envelope so seniors can correspond back to the student or both! This project helps students understand how different residents of our community are nourished, and allows seniors and students to bring joy to one another’s lives through communication.
K-8 4 classrooms Food, Senior Citizens
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The Connection Holiday Gifts for the elderlyStudents could purchase or host a collection drive for Holiday gifts for seniors. Good items include: Shampoo, soap, winter gloves, books, audio books, tote bags, puzzles, movie passes. This project will give students the opportunity to ehance a senior’s holiday experience and to experience the joy of giving particularly during the holiday season.
K-12 5 classrooms Holiday, Senior Citizens, Gift Giving
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The Connection Reach out and Read
Provide your students with the opportunity to build relationships with seniors at The Connection while also strengthening their literacy skills. In this project, seniors will read to students and students can read to seniors. This project will be most effective if participating classes commit to visiting The Connection multiple times during the school year (although it is not a requirement).

K-5 1 classroom Reading, Relationships, Senior Citizens
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The Connection Connect with Connection Club
Come visit The Connection’s Adult Day Care and Respite program for an activity and lunch with seniors who live with Alzheimers or dementia.
K-12 3 classrooms Relationships, Senior Citizens
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St Lukes Wood River Foundation Share Joyful Flowers with NursesNurses do so much for patients but only one week a year do we stop to recognize how much they give and do for their patients and their families. For this project students will decorate flower pots with their creative art and then fill the flower pots with plants of their choosing and deliver them to SLWR nurses during nurse appreciation week.

The students can come tour the hospital and personally deliver the flowers to the nurses; we can schedule with one class at a time to deliver, and then the students can tour the hospital.

K-12 2 classrooms Health, Community, Joy
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St Lukes Wood River Foundation Planting Healing Joy Around the HospitalEveryone loves the first flowers of spring. For this project, students will come to the hospital in the fall and plant narcissus (daffodil) bulbs, the first flowers of spring, around the hospital. Students would then return in the spring when the flowers have bloomed and cut some, not all, stems to deliver to patients who are in the hospital.

Students can also come and tour the hospital when they come to plant the bulbs and see
what their generosity will do for our hospital. Then they will return in the spring and cut some of the flowers that bloom and deliver them to patients and see the joy they bring to everyone.

PLEASE NOTE: This project has a fall deadline due to the planting of bulbs!

6-12 none Health and Wellness, Plants, Gardening, Community Beautification
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St Lukes Wood River Foundation Comforting Young PatientsIf you have ever been a patient at the hospital, you know how scary and uncomfortable it can be. Our nurses would like a collection of gift bags which could include books, coloring books, crayons and small stuffed animals that they can give to children to comfort them during their time in the emergency room or inpatient. Students will be involved to help choose their favorite books and select coloring books and crayons and small stuffed animals that will be given to our young patients to take home with them. K-12 1 classroom Children, Medicine, Health and Wellness
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St Lukes Wood River Foundation Art from the HeartArt plays an important role in healing. St. Luke’s Wood River Foundation is fortunate to have a truly amazing fine art collection thanks to community generosity. Years ago, a group of students funded and filled a student art box with art projects they created specifically for the Hospital. We are calling all art lovers who are interested in creating the an art exhibit for the art box. The student art display will live in the hospital for patients, visitors, staff and volunteers to enjoy for years to come.

K-8 1 classroom Art, Health, and Wellness
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St Lukes Wood River Foundation Care bags for Aging PatientsIf you have ever been a patient at the hospital, you know how scary, uncomfortable or boring it can be. Our nurses would like a collection of gift bags for our aging patients which could include LARGE print crossword books, Sudoko game books, Word Search books and Adult coloring books with colored pencils. Students will be involved to help choose these various games and books and possibly even personally give them to patients in the hospital when they deliver the gift bags.
K-12 1 grade Health, Elder Care, Senior Citizens
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St Lukes Wood River Foundation Warm Welcomes for NewbornsTo promote safe sleeping, we encourage parents to only use swaddle blankets (Halo Sleepsacks) for newborns. They keep unnecessary items out of the cribs/bassinets that can cause suffocation and promote safe sleep habits for mothers and their babies. The sleepsacks allow babies to be placed on their backs which is the safest sleep position; keeps them warm by being all enclosing; swaddles the baby while allowing for freedom of leg movement, which is most beneficial. In the past, we have done this project and all of our patients really enjoyed it these lovely gift.

The students will invest in the Halo Sleepsacks and customize gift tags for each that describe
the student generosity initiative.

Students will begin their projecty by taking a tour of the Mother/Baby unit here at St. Luke’s Wood River and see where the babies are first born and then tour the hospital. After they can come back and deliver the swaddle/Halo blankets to the Mother/Baby unit and perhaps any new parents who are inpatient at the time if the patients are willing.

K-12 1 classroom Health, Wellness, Children, Babies
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Sun Valley Center Get The Word Out About SVCA Family Days!Sun Valley Center for the Arts needs students help to get the word out to students and parents at
their school about our Family Day event! Create promotional videos, signs, and slogans to advertise these fun, educational days at the Center.

Family Day events typically occur in February and April

3-5 2 classrooms per event Art, Community Events, Technology
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Swiftsure Ranch Feed a 1200 Pound TherapistDuring this sponsorship project, a student or class can sponsor one of Swiftsure’s many horses for the school year. Students will get regular updates from our equine manager, pictures of their horse, and the opportunity to come and help with his/her care which may include feeding, grooming and cleaning the stalls. In addition, the student/class will get special recognition in Swifsture publications, and learn about the ins and outs of equine therapy.

Swiftsure’s riders range from 2 to 80 years of age with physical, mental or cognitive disabilities. Our teams consist of a certified instructor, volunteer (s) and a horse. Horse’s walking movement is almost identical to the movement of a person. If a person is unable to walk or needs assistance, Swiftsure’s horses help the body move as if it were walking. The horse’s gait is considered for each student and the horse is chosen by the need of the client. A horse with a choppy gait may be well suited for a student who has attention deficit issues because the student has to concentrate to stay on the horse and then can be more attentive to the lesson and the cognitive tasks we have them perform. Many of our students receive therapy in other more traditional settings, but at Swiftsure Ranch, the horses provide a unique and important role that cannot be reached in other settings.

K-8 none Horses, Equine Therapy
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Swiftsure Ranch Build A Reining Station!Build a reining station at ground level to put up in our new arena. This will allow Swiftsure participants to learn how to steer their horses from the ground first, and then learn the proper technique before using their reins on their horse.
5 – 12 1 classroom Adaptive Sports, Equine Therapy, Animals, Constructino
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Swiftsure Ranch Title: Hello my name is Henry the horse! Create a laminated informational board (about the size of posterboard) to hang up on each on of Swiftsure’s horse’s stall doors. The boards will include, the horse’s name, breed, height, how long with the program, where they came from prior to Swiftsure, what types of lessons they are used for and why etc. Not only will this project allow your students to get to know the animal’s at Swiftsure, your students will also gain an understanding of equine therapy and make Swiftsure’s riders’ experiences smoother.

5 – 12 1 classroom Adaptive Sports, Equine Therapy, Horses
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Swiftsure Ranch What are equine assisted activities & therapies you ask? Design & create laminted posterboard size info boards that describe equine assisted activities and therapies for Swiftsure to put up at fundraisers and community outreach events. This project will allow students to learn about the merits of equine therapy and to help Swiftsure’s outreach efforts.

5 – 12 1 classroom Adaptive Sports, Equine Therapy, Horses
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The Advocates Holiday Care PackagesEvery year around Christmas time, The Advocates asks kids in need what they want for Christmas. Most of them ask for very basic items, such as gloves, coats and boots, so they can play in the snow and stay warm throughout our cold winters. Your class has the opportunity to be a part of this project and to help local children have fun outside playing in the snow! The Advocates will buy new coats, gloves, and boots to fill Christmas lists, and we will give every child a roll up sled, so they can have fun too. The Advocates will come to your class to talk about our organization. We will also talk about the project, and what we can all do to make sure everyone has a great Christmas. The Advocates will use the Wow money to purchase brand new boots, gloves, coats and roll-up sleds. Then we will come back to your class the first of December with the brand new items we purchased, and together your class can wrap the gifts, create holiday cards and make winter fun packs! 6-8 3 classrooms Holiday Giving, Gift Giving, Children
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The Advocates Fun FundMany of our clients’ children would love to be involved in after school activities but do not have the funds. While there is funding for school sponsored sports, we could use assistance with starting a “Fun Fund” to help families pay for club sports, dance and music lessons, swimming, etc. Your class could help with this fund, as well as collect gear (dance shoes, cleats, baseball gloves, instruments, etc) We could also use some more fun equipment at the shelter. Some ideas include, a basketball hoop, giant jenga, a slackline, four square balls, footballs etc. Think about the things love to play with and you have at recess! Your class could come up with the items, and then take a field trip to the shelter, take a tour and set them up! 1-12 3 classrooms Recreation, Sports, Children, Fundraising
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The Advocates Fun Activity Packs for Kids in ShelterOur shelter almost always has kids just like you living here. As I write this, there are 17 kids living in shelter! They need fun activities to do! Get creative with this project. Let’s make some activity packets! We’ll work together to come up with the activities, buy the supplies, and put them together with instructions.
We could also use some more fun equipment at the shelter. Some ideas include, a basketball hoop, giant jenga, a slackline, four square balls, footballs etc. Think about the equipment you have at recess! Your class could come up with the items, and then take a field trip to the shelter, take a tour and set them up!
1-12 2 classrooms Recreation, Sports, Children
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The Advocates Buddy BenchThe buddy bench is a simple idea to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on the playground. Let’s spread the message of inclusion and kindness, and bring a buddy bench to your school! With this project and the help of The Advocates, your class will educate the school about what a buddy bench is, set up a meeting with your principal, designate “buddies” (kids who will look out for kids who sit on the bench), get the whole school excited, and then find or fund a bench to put in your school. Check out the link below to see how different schools all over the country that have added a buddy bench: http://buddybench.org/category/in-the-news/buddy-benches-around-the-world/
1-5 2 per grade per school Friendhip, Relationships, Children,
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Animal Shelter Just for CatsStudents will be given a packet of various cat-focused projects to create and make in class! Then they will deliver items to the Shelter cats and get a tour of the shelter.
K-5 3 classrooms Animals
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Animal Shelter DIY FundraiserStudents can help raise awareness and critical funds for the Shelter pets! In this project, students will learn about the Shelter’s various programs, decide on which program to focus on, and design a fundraising and awareness campaign. Students will also come to the shelter for a tour of the facility and to meet some animals.

K-8 4 classrooms Animals, Event planning, Fundraising, Marketing
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Animal Shelter Idaho GivesStudents will help create content to share on Idaho?s biggest fundraising day. This is for the motivated class that wants to get creative and use Social Media and networking to share the Shelter’s mission and raise much-needed funds.

As a part of this project, students will take a trip to the shelter, tour its facility and meet some of the animals!

8-12 2 classrooms Animals, Fundraising, Social Media, Marketing, Communication
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Animal Shelter Dog Trainers of the FutureThe goal of the Dog Trainers of the Future Program is to help students understand how to safely and effectively work with animals. The Shelter focuses on force free, positive dog training which helps create a very fun and rewarding experience for the students and the dogs.
5-9 4 classrooms Animals
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The Connection Art Buddies: A Double PerspectiveProvide your students with the opportunity to build relationships with local senior citizens while exploring, creating, and learning about art from the Sun Valley Center for the Arts. Your students will be partnered with a group of seniors from The Senior Connection; three times during the school year, the students and seniors will visit exhibits together at The Sun Valley Center for the Arts. A trained docent will take the students and seniors on a tour of the exhibit, and after the tour, will guide the students and seniors to create art inspired by the exhibit.

This project is a wonderful opportunity for students to impact the life and health of senior citizens while also enhancing their own art education. “The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) recently found that ‘older adults’ who attended cultural events, from museum exhibitions to the opera, reported better mental and physical health than those who did not.” (Herzig, Ilana “Taking Your Grandparents to Museums Could Improve Their Health.” Artsy. Artsy.net/article, 12th September, 2017. Web. Sept 18th, 2017.)

5-12 12-15 students Art, Relationships, Elder Care, Health and Wellness
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TU For Fish, Fishing and KidsA classroom would use its Wow funds to provide a Wood River Valley classroom with the equipment needed to have Trout in the Classroom. Trout in the Classroom (through Trout Unlimited and Idaho Fish & Game) gives a teacher equipment, eggs, and syllabus ideas so the class may raise rainbow trout from eyed eggs to fingerlings. Along the way, a teacher can use the trout, and the provided guide and syllabus ideas, to teach about environment, science, math, water quality, data gathering and analysis, art and literature. The experience culminates in the classroom releasing the fingerlings in the local Big Wood River.
9-12 1 classroom Environment, Stream Ecology, Fish
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TU Keeping Wood in the Big Wood River
The classroom will be provided information about the benefits of large wood in and near the river. When left in the river, it creates scour pools which can help lower water temperature, and shelter for fish. When left near the river, large wood promotes faster riparian revegetation. The class will then develop a marketing campaign to distribute the message. The class will determine the target audience, message, media (radio, newspaper, flyers, television, social media, other), and then deliver/distribute it.

6-12 1 classroom Environment, Stream Ecology, Local Rivers
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Wow Students Art in Unexpected PlacesWould you like to be a part of a community art installation? How would your students like to adopt a panel of the fencing along the Next Stage Theater construction site and fill it with art?

For this project, students learn about the various nonprofits in our valley, and then pick a nonprofit’s mission to portray through original art. Alternatively, students could also create artistic renditions of generosity (using words and/or pictures) to remind our community of the power of generosity every time they drive by this site.

K-12 1 classroom Art, Local Nonprofits
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Wood River Land Trust Rock Creek Ranch Preserve FencingThe Wood River Land Trust has been working for several years to improve the wildlife habitat on our Rock Creek Ranch Preserve. One of the projects that’s been identified is to remove several miles of old barbed wire fencing that is a threat to sage grouse, and is a barrier for pronghorn migration. Come help us remove a section of the fence and improve the area for the wildlife we all enjoy watching.

8-12 4 classrooms Wildlife Habitat, Environment
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Wood River Land Trust Bio Control Bugs at Howard PreserveDid you know that you can use bugs to control invasive weeds? There are weevils, beetles, flies and more that thrive by eating the weeds that crowd out our important native plants. Join us for a one-hour adventure in the field to place bio-control insects on invasive weeds. We will also include short ecology lessons appropriate to the surrounding habitat.
K-5 4 classrooms Environment, Health, Ecology, Land Preservation
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Wood River Land Trust Hailey Greenway Trail RestorationCome help us keep the trail system through the Hailey Greenway in great shape. Each spring, we rely on volunteers to help clean up trash, resurface the areas worn by spring runoff, and clear overgrown vegetation. With your help, we’ll continue to make the Greenway a place that both people and wildlife can enjoy. Bring work gloves, water, sunscreen, and hats!

K-12 2 classrooms Environment, Waste, Community Clean up, Recreation
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Wood River Land Trust Art Expression on the PreserveDo you have a passion for both art and the outdoors? If so, the Hailey Greenway is a great place to combine those interests. The Land Trust encourages people to use the Greenway for many activities, including as a place to inspire artistic expression through photography, painting, or even poetry. We would be glad to use art projects from students that help showcase the great natural resources that we all can enjoy along the Hailey Greenway.

K-12 4 classrooms Art, Environment
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Wood River Land Trust Colorado Gulch Bridge RestorationCome help Wood River Land Trust restore the riverbanks where the Colorado Gulch Bridge used to be!

After the extreme floods of 2017, the Big Wood River washed out the embankments for the Colorado Gulch Bridge, making it unstable and ultimately forcing its removal. After Blaine County removes the bridge, there will need to be some work done to help restore the area to a more natural state. We will be planting willows and shrubs, spreading native seeds, and cleaning up any leftover materials.

K-12 1 classroom Environment, Community repair, Restoration
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The Hunger Coalition Bloom Community Farm– Seed SavingStudents will save seeds from Bloom Community Farm and Hope Garden, and contribute them to the existing Wood River Seed Library. Students will work with Farm staff and Wood River Seed Alliance personnel to harvest, label and store a variety of vegetable and
flower seeds. The seeds will be available (at no charge) to home gardeners, schools, community
growing spaces and more in the years to come. John Caccia, seed saving expert from Wood River Seed Alliance, will assist in this project. Students to provide seed packets.

K-12 1 classroom Plants, Biology, Ecosystems, Environment, Farming
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Wood River Community YMCA Make a SplashMake-a-Splash is a national water safety initiative created by the USA Swimming Foundation in an effort to provide access to swim lessons, at no cost, for children across the country. It is a proactive approach to teaching basic swimming and safety skills to our youth and is currently reaching approximately three hundred 2nd graders in the Wood River Valley each school year. As Idaho has the second highest unintentional drowning rate in the nation, the Wood River Community YMCA has made it a priority to reverse this statistic at no cost to the participant. 2 15 classrooms Water Safety, Aquatics, Recreation
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