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Blaine County Rec Spring Bike Path Clean Up Keep our bike path beautiful and clean! Spend an afternoon with your classmates picking up trash along the BCRD Wood River Trail. You and your classmates will walk sections of the bike path with a trash bag and a pair of gloves, picking up trash along the way. K-12 no limit Community Clean Up, Recreation
Blaine County Rec Galena Benefit Art CollaborationWood River High School Studio Art students are collaborating with the BCRD and Galena lodge to design art for their winter benefit. Students will visit Galena, learn about and observe their surroundings, and create art inspired by this visit. One to two pieces of artwork will be selected by a panel of judges to be used for the fundraiser invitation, and the remaining art pieces will be incorporated into the auction decor. The proceeds from this project will benefit Galena Lodge.

9-12 2 classes Art, Recreation, Outdoors
Camp Rainbow Gold Camp Rainbow Gold Haunted House EntranceAt Camp Rainbow Gold’s Fall Family Retreat (Oct. 24-27), one of the main activities for the families will be a “trick or treat night” and a haunted house. The Fall Family Retreat is a program designed to introduce families who have experienced a pediatric cancer diagnosis to other families going through a similar trial and to provide opportunity for those individual family units to focus on each other for an emotionally empowering weekend.

The night of the haunted house families will have the chance to carve pumpkins and build gingerbread houses together and then will enter a competition against the other families there. There will be other themed activities that night, the grandest of which will be the haunted house.

The camp will have children ranging from ages 2 to 17, so the house is something we tone up and down based on the level of “scary” the children say they want. We are hoping your students will be interested in constructing an entrance for the house to help set a creepy/festive tone as families approach the structure.

In the past, props have ranged from simple to complicated– everything from caution tape perimeters and to cardboard entrances with hands reaching out and dilapidated fencing.
Please Note:

Family Camp is Oct. 24-27. Set up or drop off would have to be Oct. 24. and the finished project would be used Oct. 25.

If any class willing to take this on wanted to help set the feature up, they are welcome to join Camp Rainbow Gold on Oct. 24 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. to see exactly how their creation would be used and where it will be placed.

9-12 1-2 classrooms
The Community Library Kindergarten Readiness KitsAccording to the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children, nearly half of Idaho children entering Kindergarten cannot identify more than 11 letters in the alphabet– that puts us last in the country for this readiness benchmark. In addition many, kindergarten teachers will tell you that they see too many children who have never held a pair of scissors or a crayon before entering the classroom.*
Early Childhood Education is an unaffordable luxury for many families. We would like your class, students, or group of students to help us develop some Kindergarten Readiness backpacks for check-out at our local libraries. We hope that these kits can include resources for parents and children to work on kindergarten readiness skills in a child’s preschool years so that children can enter Kindergarten more prepared.
We have a list of desired resources, or we can work with your students to strategize resources and ways to prepare kits for checkout that will have learning toys and tools to help develop Kindergarten readiness skills.
https://idahoaeyc.org/theneed-school-readiness (source)
K-12 no limit Literacy, Education, School
The Community Library Kids Recommend: Shelf Talkers and Book Reviews for The Community LibraryResearch shows that kids are more likely to read a book that is recommended by a friend or a peer. We are looking for students who are willing to write reviews of their favorite books. We will post these reviews to our online book catalog and also place shelf talkers amid our Young Adult and Juvenile collections on a rotating basis. These reviews can be as short as just a few sentences or as long as three paragraphs. We hope to get more kids reading based on book reviews from their peers and friends in the Wood River Valley.
K-8 no limit Literacy, Reading, Education, Writing
ERC Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling in the Wood River ValleyThe 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 a potential field trip to the Blaine County Recycle Center (school permitting), 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.

K-8 6 classes Recyclings, Environmnet
ERC Pick Up for the Planet (PUP)In this project, the ERC will do an introductory program on runoff and the negative effects of dog waste. Students will then be tasked with creating an educational piece around this issue that will be used in our outreach efforts. Older students (5th and above) may 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.

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.

K-12 no limit Environment, Animals, Recreation Spaces
ERC ROES Camp CollaborationIn 2016 the ERC and Wood River Middle School partnered to make a Wow Project an integral part of their annual Environmental Camp. Students work with the ERC to learn to about the annals of noxious weeds, how to identify them, and remove them from the property where camp takes place. Later in the school year students complete and in-depth classrom lesson about noxious weeds, create posters to educate their community about them, and work to remove them from their own school campus.

6th Environment
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 near the Boundary Creek campground out Trail Creek 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. Choose to take a field trip to the insectary where students will see how the weevils are raised, assist with the maintenance of the insectary (age-dependent), and take a guided walk around the insectary or choose to go outside near school with your class and pull noxious weeds (spring). 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 no limit Environment, Ecology
Hailey Ice Learn to SkateHailey 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!

1-5 no limit Athletics, Recreation, Community Spaces
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.
Each Paralympic School Day Experience is based on a 5 hour schedule. Activities for the day include: a Paralympian?s personal story, physical activities- sitting volleyball, an adaptive equipment obstacle course/scavenger hunt, use of blindfolds and goggles to simulate visual impairments, as well as all students collaboratively creating 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.

After a four week program students will help the Higher Ground Staff lead the Paralympic School Day for 5th grade at one or more of the schools in Blaine County.

Ideally, students in this project will meet once a week for an hour to an hour and a half for four weeks in April. The Paralympic School Day would happen in May. Potential PSD dates include May 13, May 20, and possibly more if requested by more schools.

7-12 7-12 students Adaptive Sports, Athletics, Disabilities, Equality
Higher Ground Sun Valley Buddy Swim with Special Olympics AthletesBe a buddy and swim with Special Olympics Athletes during practice. Some athletes are working on improving their swimming skills, and others still learning to swim. All athletes are working on socialization, following directions, and having fun. This is a great opportunity to support others and experience inclusion for our athletes. Swimming occurs weekly beginning the first week of April through May. Swimming occurs on Wednesdays from 3-4 pm at the YMCA. This is a great opportunity for a field trip and create peer-to-peer relationships. Option to come for one practice in April or May or come weekly.
** Please note students must be 16 or older to participate

This project is a spring project. Special Olympics will occur June 6th, 2020.

11-12* students must be 16 or older 10-12 students Adaptive Sports
Higher Ground Sun Valley Get to know a VeteranFind a veteran to interview. Come up with 7 questions to get to know the veteran and what veterans day means. Sample questions include: What branch were they in? What does that branch of military do? What rank they were? What their role in their unit was? Tell me about the people in your unit? How long was your service? Why did you go into the military?

Once interviews are complete, have the class create a 2-3 minute video of each student sharing one thing they learned.

Students could also visit the Blaine County Veterans Memorial as a part of this project.

K-12 no limit Veterans, Relationships
Hospice of the Wood River Valley Thoughtful Notes and Treats
Through this project, students have the opportunity to create hand-made notes and cards as well as baked goods once a month to be distributed to patients and families who are going through a difficult time as they face a serious illness. This provides an opportunity for recipients to know that whatever they are facing, someone cares. This would be a monthly project throughout the school year. We would need approximately 50 cards/baked goods each month in order to be able to pass out the items to our patients.

Please note, this is ongoing throughout the school year. Items and notes would need to be delivered to the hospice office the beginning of a week in order for the nurses to be able to distribute them amongst patients and their families throughout the week.

K-5 2 classes Relationships, Writing, Cooking
Hospice of the Wood River Valley Candle Making for Memorial TreeHospice needs students to make roughly 150 candles to be used for the Annual Memorial Tree Service that is lit every December. This event commemorates individuals who have died through a meaningful service where the names are read and after a moment the evergreen tree is lit with the holiday lights in honor of the names of these individuals. Participants in the audience each get a candle at the start of the service and the group sings Silent Night with their candles lit.

Students are welcome to come to the Memorial Tree Service on December 3rd at 5pm at 320 Leadville Ave Ketchum, ID.

Please Note: Each project group does not need to make 150 candles! We can have multiple classes contribute. Candles need to be thick enough to have a cardboard safety sleeve fit atop of it in order to catch wax drips. Candles need to be completed and dropped off to hospice office by November 26th.

5-12 no limit Arts, Relationships, Memorializing
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 2-4 individuals Relationships, Storytelling, Writing
Mountain Humane Dog Trainers of the FutureHelp Mountain Humane prepare its dogs for adoption. Dog Trainers of the Future teaches students how to safely and effectively work with animals, and to train them by using Clicker Training. This process helps dogs become ready to join their future forever homes.

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 1 classroom Animals
Mountain Humane Cat CrazeStudents will help cats be comfortable at the shelter while also assisting in their adoption promotion. Participants will make enrichment items for the cats (toys and food) and deliver them to the shelter, and create signage with details about the cats available for adoption.
During this project students will learn about different cat types that commonly arrive at the shelter as well as fun facts and trivia about cats.
K-5 1 classroom Animals
Mountain Humane Dog Nutrition and Food DriveStudents will learn about basic dog nutrition. Students will have the opportunity to make snacks for the shelter dogs. In addition, students will hold a dog food drive to help fill the dog food bank for the Hunger Coalition. K-5 1 classroom Animals
NAMI Design Your Own Campaign to Promot Mental HealthWork together with your students and NAMI representatives to determine a project that will raise awareness around issues of Mental Wellness and NAMI– its support services and mission. You could create art around a particular theme and host a gallery walk, design promotional material, start a social media campaign, projects discussing de-stigmatization and coping skills surrounding mental health– the world is your oyster!
6-12 1 class Mental Health
Nurture Food, You, and The PlanetHow can a student impact the planet as a whole? Can a student’s choices have a ripple effect on the community?

This project will demonstrate the impact that each student has in his/her choices. Our food spend and eating habits can affect not only our energy levels and academic performance, but also the quality of the natural world in which we live.
91% of children today do not eat the daily requirement of veggies. Yet study after study shows that a plant-based diet is critical to our own health as well as the health planet.

Through a multi-touchpoint project with Nurture and The Hunger Coalition, students will learn about the importance of eating a rainbow of fruits and veggies. They will assist The Hunger Coalition’s garden project by growing plants that will assist in feeding the broader community with healthful fruits and veggies.

K-5 1 classroom Health, Environment, Food
Nurture Eat and Share a RainbowKids love rainbows, yet 91% of kids do not eat the recommended daily servings of colorful fruits and vegetables. The Eat and Share a Rainbow project comes to the rescue! Through a fun and hands-on project with Nurture, students receive a picture book about eating the rainbow along with a reading by the author. Students are provided with a fun “challenge” to try new fruits and veggies at home and teaching the message of “eating the rainbow” to others. Ideas for outreach include art projects for either St. Luke’s hospital, the senior center, or another community location of the class?s choice. The project will conclude with a “Rainbow Day” when the students will wear colorful clothes, be ambassadors of healthy eating, and taste an arrangement of colorful fruits and veggies.

K-4 no limit Health, Food, Environment
Nurture Come Un Arco IrisA los nios les encantan los arcoris, sin embargo, 91% de los nios no comen las porciones diarias recomendadas de frutas y verduras coloridas. El proyecto Come Un Arco Iris viene al rescate! A travs de un divertido y prctico proyecto con Nurture, los estudiantes reciben un libro ilustrado sobre comer el arcoiris junto con una lectura del autor. Los estudiantes reciben un divertido “desafo” para probar nuevas frutas y verduras en casa, y ensear el mensaje de “comer el arcoris” a los dems. Las ideas incluyen proyectos de arte para los pasillos de la escuela, el hospital de St. Luke’s, o otra ubicacin de la comunidad que elija la clase. El proyecto concluir con un “Da del Arco Iris” cuando los estudiantes usarn ropa colorida, sern embajadores de una alimentacin saludable y probarn frutas y verduras coloridas en clase.

K-4 Salud, Comida
Sawtooth Avalanche Center Avalanche Awareness Class Completion PatchDesign a completion patch for all 8th grade students throughout the WRV that complete the Friends of SAC avalanche awareness course.

Please Note: The patch design will need to be approved by the Friends of SAC and the SAC Forecasters prior to production. To allow for production time before the classes begin, the design will need to be completed by early December.

8-12 1-5 students Avalanche Safety, Recreation, Art and Design
Sawtooth Avalanche Center Friends of SAC Ambassadors for Fundraising EventsAssist the Friends with advertising for their fundraising events, including the Homegrown Film Festival (scheduled at the Argyros on Dec. 6 and 7) and the Banff Mtn. Film Festival (scheduled at the Argyros on Jan. 31, Feb. 1, Feb. 3 and Feb. 4). Assistance would include poster placement in Hailey and Ketchum (locations will be outlined) for Homegrown, Banff raffle item requests at local vendors throughout the WRV (ambassador ?ask? language will be provided, and locations will be outlined), and potentially manning the raffle stations at the Banff event.

Students should be partnered (not working alone). It is not necessary for them to drive – most locations are in the downtown areas and can be accessed by bike/foot.

This project is all hands on. Additionally, the raffle item requests will require the students speak to local vendors on behalf of the Friends of SAC.

Please Note the specific timing of this event: Poster placement for Homegrown will begin two weeks prior to the event (so, mid-November). Banff raffle requests will begin immediately following the Homegrown event (so, early-December).

6-12 2 classrooms Avalanche Safety, Recreation, Marketing
The Senior Connection Field Trip FriendsIf your class or group is taking a local field trip, members from the Senior Connection would love to join you. We can provide transportation for the seniors and meet you at the field trip site. Seniors would also be interested in visiting your school to have a “behind the scenes” tour.
K-12 no limit Relationships, Seniors
The Senior Connection Mitten DriveEach year, the Senior Connection provides holiday presents to our center members and our Meals on Wheels and Home Care clients which are delivered/presented the 2nd and 3rd week of December. One of the most desired gifts are mittens and/or gloves. A mitten/glove drive would be most helpful in our effort to procure holiday gifts.

K-12 no limit Seniors
The Senior Connection Senior Center PerformancePresent a 10-20-minute performance (musical, sing-a-long or drama) to the senior members of the Senior Connection. Ideally at the Senior Connection center in Hailey, but seniors taking a field trip to watch the performance off-site is also an option.
K-12 3-20 students at a time Seniors, Performance
The Senior Connection Holiday CardsCreate handmade holiday cards for Seniors who visit the Senior Connection! These holiday cards bring warmth and joy to elderly members of our community. K-12 no limit Relationships, Writing, Art, Holidays
Souper Supper Table Decorations for Souper Supper MealsStudents can provide handmade placemats and table decorations for a Souper Supper dinner. These could be themed with a holiday or match the season. Souper Supper offers dinners regularly throughout the year, so there is no specific deadline for this project. K-12 no limit Food Insecurity, Art, Community
Souper Supper Dinner Entertainment for Souper SupperDoes your class have a special song they have learned or a short performance they would like to do? Come perform for diners at one of Souper Supper’s weekly meals.
K-12 no limit Food Insecurity, Performance
St Lukes Wood River Foundation Plant Healing JoyEveryone loves the first flowers of spring. For this project, students would come to the hospital in the fall and plant narcissus (daffodils) and tulip bulbs, the first flowers of spring. A garden was started 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 who plant bulbs may come and tour the hospital when they come to plant the bulbs in bloom 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.

6-12 no limit Health, Relationships, Healing, Flowers
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 tour the hospital and personally deliver the flowers to the nurses.

K-12 no limit Health, Healing, Relationship, Flowers
Sun Valley Center Get The Word Out About SVCA Family DayHelp Sun Valley Center for the Arts get the word out about their Family Days! Family Days at the Center are fun-filled days where families can explore the latest art and participate in interactive exhibits. Students can promote these days through videos, social media campaigns, posters, radio ads or any other creative avenues they dream up. Each group promoting family day will visit the exhibit ahead of time to get a sense for what will be at Family Day and learn more about the artists represented.

Additionally, it would be great if each elementary school would have a small group participate for each family day to spread the world within their school building.

Family Days occur on the following dates; all projects must be completed prior to Family Days:

September 28, 2019
January 25, 2020
April 18, 2020

3-5 40 students or 2 classes Arts, Community Event, Technology
Sun Valley Board Of Realtors Holiday CardsCreate, write, and decorate Holiday Cards for over 350 families receiving meals through Holiday Baskets. Ideally cards would be written in both Spanish and English.

Students can come visit the room where SV REALTORS Give puts all the food bags and gift bags together. We will talk about the program and how impactful it is for our community.

K-12 no limit Holidays, Food Insecurity, Art
Sun Valley Board Of Realtors Book Drive for Holiday BasketsBring in new or slightly used books to include in gift bags for over 600 children in Blaine County. You can bring in your favorite book now or when you were younger and write a note to the child receiving it about why you loved and the book and how you hope they love it too.

Students can also come visit the room where the realtors put all the food bags and gift bags together. We will talk about the program and how impactful it is for our community.

K-12 Giving, Reading, Literature
Swiftsure Ranch Feed A 1200 Pound TherapistDuring this 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-6 no limit Equine Therapy, Animals, Health
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 that 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! Click this link to check out different schools all over the country that have added a buddy bench:
1-5 1 bench per school Relationships, Friendship, Community
The Advocates Winter Fun PacksEvery child in the Wood River Valley deserves to be warm and have fun this winter, and your class can make that happen!

Every 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 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 and 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, write notes, and make winter fun packs!

K-8 4 classrooms Relationships, Basic Needs
The Advocates Every Teen CountsEvery year around Christmas time, The Advocates asks families 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. Teens are often picked last.
Your class has the opportunity to be a part of this project and help local teens have fun this winter! The Advocates will buy new coats, gloves and boots to fill Christmas lists and we will give every teen a fun gift so they can have fun too. The Advocates will come to your class and 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. You will help us brainstorm the fun gifts we will include! The Advocates will use the WOW money to purchase brand new boots, gloves, coats and other items. 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, and write notes of friendship.
9-12 Relationships, Teens, Holidays
The Hunger Coalition Regional History SignResearch, 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 History, Environment, Ecology
The Hunger Coalition Bloom Community Farm – Plant Starts
Help the Hope Garden and Bloom Community Farm get a jump start on the vegetable growing season by seeding trays of any of the following in mid- to late March, to be ready to transplant into our sites in May: Broccoli, Kale, Green onions, Chard, Cabbage, Cilantro, sunflower, zinnia. Please do NOT seed any of these: carrot, radish, lettuce, pepper, tomato.
K-12 15 students Food Insecurity, Farming, Plants
The Hunger Coalition Create “Happy Thanksgiving” cards for Thanksgiving BasketsEach year, our community comes together for the holiday season, starting with Thanksgiving Baskets! We need several classes to make creative, respectful and joy filled “Happy Thanksgiving” cards for Thanksgiving Basket participants. We need 500 cards made– your class does not have to make them all, any contribution will help!!

Card must be completed by November 9th, 2019!!

K-12 no limit Holidays, Community, Art
The Hunger Coalition Create Raised bed for Improved Elderly AccessBloom Community Farm needs a group of 15 or fewer students to build a raised bed (mimicking existing one at Hope), to increase access to gardening opportunities with our elderly population.
9-12 15 students Farming, Senior Citizens
The Hunger Coalition Egg Carton Drive for The Hunger CoalitionEach week, Bloom delivers 15-30 dozen eggs to families in our communities. We depend on donations of egg cartons to keep our costs down and do our part to recycle. Help us by organizing an egg carton drive during any of these listed months. Bring them to the warehouse and get a tour of where the eggs go!

Students may also take a trip to The Hunger Coalition’s warehouse to learn about the organization’s mission, systems, and capacity for food storage.

K-12 no limit Farming, Food Insecurity
The Hunger Coalition Sponsor the Bloom Community Farm Chickens!
Three chickens live at Bloom Community Farm, thriving on foraging around the farm and providing our community members with fresh eggs! Sponsor a chicken, or the whole flock, and help support the cost of keeping the chickens around. It costs approximately five hundred dollars per year to support them with feed, winter care, bedding materials, etc.
K-12 no limit Farming, Food Insecurity
The Hunger Coalition Create A Luminary and Raise Awareness about Hunger and Food InsecurytLet your inner artist shine while helping local communities raise money for their neighbors to access good food this holiday season! Create luminaries which will be distributed to community members to place on their doorstep and burn brightly to raise awareness around issues of food insecurity in our valley.

K-12 2 classes Food Insecurity, Art, Community Awareness
The Hunger Coalition Seed SavingBloom Community Farm is looking for a group of 15 or fewer students to collect seeds from Bloom Farm and Hope Garden plants (both vegetable and perennial flowers), and packet for future distribution to volunteers and the community. 6-9 15 students Farming, Environment
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 2 classes Environment, Ecology
Wood River Land Trust Individual Expression and NatureResearch increasingly shows that time spent outdoors and in nature is beneficial for both physical and mental health. This project aims to showcase and express the many benefits that stem from time spent in nature. In the project, middle school students are encouraged to pick one of three vehicles of expression (art, writing, photography) and use that vehicle to articulate and illustrate just what nature and the outdoors mean to them.

Students will be taken out one day during the school year to a Wood River Land Trust preserve. At the preserve, they will learn more about the importance of protecting areas of nature, and the mission of the Wood River Land Trust. There are countless benefits that come as a result of protecting valued landscapes ?close to home.? Not only do protected landscapes facilitate physical wellness by providing open spaces for activities, but they also contribute to mental wellness. These protected spaces in nature allow families, friends, and other community members to indulge in shared experiences outdoors. Whether it is a family picnic, a walk with a grandparent, or just a hike with a friend, protected spaces in nature provide opportunities for community members to better connect with each other.

Afterwards, students are encouraged to wander around the preserve to reflect on the mission of the Land Trust, what those landscapes mean to each student, and how he/she may articulate that feeling through individual artistry.

Students will then be given a forum to showcase their work through a presentation at a local venue, hosted by WRLT Staff. WRLT may choose some students artwork to be featured in promotional materials that will help inspire others to get out and explore these special areas, and to spur community-led action in order to protect them.

6-8 2 classes Environment, Ecology, Art, Expression, Nature
Wood River Land Trust Create Pollinator HabitsHelp the Land Trust improve native pollinator habitat within the Hailey Greenway! Join the Land Trust staff in the office to plant milkweed seeds that will grow into beautiful, flowering food for pollinators. The first component of this project will take place at the Land Trust office in mid-winter. Students will plant showy milkweed seeds and then take them back to their classroom to nurture until spring. Then, students will join Land Trust staff in the field for the second component of the project to transfer the plants they’ve grown to their forever home in the Hailey Greenway.

Showy milkweed is the host plant for monarch butterflies, which make their annual migration across North America in search of overwintering grounds in Mexico. As Idaho and the Rocky Mountains provide critical summer habitat, what we plant in our communities is critical for the survival and reproduction of monarch butterflies.

Let’s work together to make the Wood River Valley a healthy place for our native pollinators.

K-12 4 classes Environemnt, Ecology, Bees, Preservation
Wood River Land Trust Greenway TrailsCome 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 keep continue to make the Greenway a place that both people and wildlife can enjoy. Bring work gloves, water, sunscreen, and hats.
K-12 2 classes Environment, Ecology, Community Spaces, Recreation
Wood River Land Trust Bio-control Bugs at Cowcatcher Ridge Preserve (Bellevue) Did 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 2 classes Environment, Ecology
Wood River Land Trust Seed BombsHelp the Land Trust improve native pollinator habitat within the Hailey Greenway! Join the Land Trust staff in distributing “seed bombs” onto the new pollinator meadow at the Colorado Gulch Preserve. “Seed bombs” are an effective and fun way to plant native pollinators in hard-to-reach places. They contain clay, seed-starter mix, water, and of course– seeds! Seed bombs also protect the seeds from scavengers while providing a fun activity targeted at improving pollinator
habitat. This project will take place sometime in early November, and will be held at the Wood River Land Trust?s Colorado Gulch Preserve. Students will be given pre-made seed bombs and will be given the opportunity to throw and scatter them on the meadow at Colorado Gulch. Seed bombs will contain showy milkweed, yarrow, goldenrod, and beardtongue seeds. Let’s work together to make the Wood River Valley a healthy place for our native pollinators.
K-12 2 classrooms Environment, Ecology, Plants, Bees