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Action Tips: Start a School Recycling Program

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Recycle in the classroom, cafeteria, and at sporting events.

Recycling bin

Do you cringe whenever a classmate throws out a recyclable bottle, can, or paper? Help put a stop to this by starting a recycling program at your school. Here are the deets on how.

Get Dirty

Figure out how much your school wastes every day by collecting cans and bottles from students after lunch. This will provide tangible support when you’re approaching people with your idea.

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Action Tips: Start a Tutoring Program at Your School

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Here's what you need to know.

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Got a subject that you rock? What about your friends? Well put that brain power to work and start a tutoring programing! 

Action Tips: Start a Peer Mentoring Program at Your School

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Help incoming freshmen and new students.
Mentoring

Starting a new school is hard, especially if you are new in town. Help incoming freshmen and new students at your school by starting a mentoring program. Here's how:

 

Brainstorm

Get a committee together and create an outline for what the program will look like. Use our example as a starting point.

Action Tips: Make Your Backyard Biodiverse

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Ways you can spruce up your yard!

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Can you imagine a world without panda bears or tigers? Well, that can become a reality if we don't do anything to stop it. Help encourage species from becoming threatened and endangered by conserving natural resources that are readily available in your yard and in the yards of others. 

Mow less often

Keeping your lawn tall allows the grass to retain more water and shades the soil from the brutal sun.

Water wisely

You want your lawn to be hydrated, but you don’t want to drown it. Limit watering to three times a week (less if rain is in the forecast).

Action Tips: Start a Recycling Program in a Public Place

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Protect the environment in places like the mall or the park.

People like to chow down at the mall or in the park, and that waste usually gets trashed incorrectly. Start a recycling program at a popular hangout in the following ways:

How To: Help Animals Leave Shelters Alive

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11 ways to help animals find a home.

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Follow these 11 tips and help an animal leave a shelter alive and loved.

How To: Fight Puppy Mills

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Help protect companion animals by fighting against the puppy mill industry.

Dog behind a cage

Puppy mills are large commercial breeding facilities where living conditions for animals are inhumane. Think of it like a factory for animals: dogs are a product made for profit. They are kept in small cages their entire lives in unsanitary conditions without attention, let alone love, and are bred as often as possible. Not surprisingly, this can lead to tons of health problems.

Action Tips: Create a Designated Driver Program

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What you can do.

designated driver

Motor vehicle crashes remain the number one cause of death among young people ages 15-20. You can help by starting a designated driver program at your school. Here's how:

How To: Make a Risk Map of Your Community

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You can help your community to realize the risk of a disaster that may happen and take preventative action.

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You can help your community realize the risk a potential disaster poses. (Honestly, how ready are you for that next tornado? Or earthquake or fire?) One way is to draw up a hazard and risk map of your community. Here are the steps you can follow:

How To: Volunteer at a Crisis Center

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What you can do.

People trying to recover from a crisis need to feel like what they say and think matters. When you volunteer at a crisis center you make it possible for even the smallest voice to be heard.

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