Jesse Ketchum School greens their schoolyard.
A Crack in the Pavement - Growing Dreams
GROWING DREAMS gives an inspirational overview of school ground greening. It shows what kids have done to transform bare pavement into dream schoolyards: growing trees for shade, flowers for butterflies, vegetables for a food bank; building a greenhouse, a rooftop garden and constructing a courtyard pond as an outdoor classroom and refuge for wildlife.
'A Crack in the Pavement' is a two-part video series that shows children, teachers and parents how, working together to green their school grounds, they can make positive changes in their communities.
The other film in the series is:
Digging In - Jesse Ketchum School greens their schoolyard.
'A tremendous resource for school communities interested in transforming their schoolyards into havens for hands-on learning. The voices and stories of the students, teachers and communities' members involved in these projects will inspire all to see the opportunities that await just outside the classroom door.' Stephanie Stowell, Schoolyards Habitat Program Manager, National Wildlife Federation
'Colorful and energetic...Recommended. Both titles provide positive messages and solid information, and could be used with students ranging from kindergarten to high school. This series could also offer valuable viewing to community service organizations.' MC Journal
'Interspersed with witty cartoon graphics...serve(s) as a great way to introduce school ground naturalization to a club, class, staff, or parent group.' Green Teacher
'Sure to get kids thinking about similar schemes.' Booklist
Basen, Gwynne (film director)
Churchill, Jane (film director)
Fukushima, Michael (film producer)
Cinematographer, Jim Aquila; editor, Ewa Turska; original music, Chris Crilly.
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We\'re just a bunch of kids
from Pauline Public School,
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and we have a playground that isn\'t very
cool. We want a school that\'s just like
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the others with a playground we can
play with our sisters and our brothers.
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My schoolyard looks like a
parking lot or like a prison.
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When there are no trees in your playground, it\'s
hard to sit down in the shade when it\'s a hot day.
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It\'s hot and noisy, and
kids are always fighting.
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There\'s too much cement. Last
year, I fell on the concrete
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and I skinned my whole face.
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It\'s just really boring. And when
there\'s nothing to look at, you can\'t,
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you know, enjoy what
you\'re doing or anything.
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We can think of lots of
ways to make it better.
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My dream schoolyard would be where
there\'s, like, lots of wildlife.
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And there\'s a pond, maybe like some
frogs and fish, and stuff in there.
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And trees, and like benches
and places to sit.
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And like a little place to play but not
cement, like sand or something really soft.
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I also feel like I wouldn\'t,
I don\'t want to go to school
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because … because I just felt that it
wasn\'t welcoming. It\'s like a jail.
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It\'s certainly a lot more colorful
and it\'s sort of more energetic.
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And I find you can certainly get a lot of
energy from just even looking at the flowers
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and just it\'s a lot nicer to be around.
First, we … we had the idea
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of making a mural because our
playground was just all ugly and gray.
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It was really fun and it changed our school because
instead of it being all dull and concrete,
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now we have a nice colorful
part of the playground.
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There we go. Okay. You were right. Take
them first. I\'ve … I\'ve got the purples.
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I think that\'s black. Well, that\'s brown.
Okay. I\'ve got a purple over here.
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Looks like the wood. (inaudible) birds.
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A naturalization project is
good for the school, the kids,
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and really good for the wildlife.
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We\'re putting soil into the
planters so that the …
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so that the plants will grow better because
there wasn\'t that much soil in there.
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Over here, we have all, like, the grass,
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plants and stuff. But over here, we\'re
trying to have forest part of our garden.
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And, um, I find this side the
best part of this garden
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because it, um, mostly
represents the forest.
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And, um, I\'m more into the
forest than rather the garden.
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Our school is part of a project to get a
million kids to grow a million trees.
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This is one of them. We put
them in and when they\'re tiny,
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little trees about this big, and
now look what they\'ve grown to.
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They\'re huge, and hopefully soon
they\'ll be giving us beautiful apples.
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Well, it\'d be really nice to have, like,
vegetables and carrots, and all sorts of stuff,
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you know, growing in our schoolyard.
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How do you cut (inaudible)?
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Just cut them finely into as
many… You cut them like this?
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Watch. I\'ll do one for you,
and I\'ll just show you.
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Crumple them up as well as you can, and then
just cut them very finely into little bits.
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Oh, like that? Yeah. Little bits like that. It looks so dirty, right? Yeah. But
be very careful you don\'t cut your fingers because that\'s a very sharp knife.
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Soft. That\'s good.
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Open another bowl of soup. Get one.
I like the potatoes.
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It\'s fun having a garden behind our school.
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Each class grows a row of vegetables, and
we give the harvest to the food bank.
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Hey, you guys, look at the beet we\'ve got.
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Yeah. Look at this baby. Bet you
didn\'t get one as good as this.
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Look at this one\'s better. Yeah, right.
Come on. Whatever. (inaudible).
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Hey, guys. Good job. Right there\'d
be great. Thank you. Excellent.
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We got more beets than they\'ve got carrots.
More beets and carrots? We\'ll take them all.
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That\'s great. Good job.
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Over here. Thank you.
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I\'m amazed at your gardening efforts.
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And as we all know, this is a total
community project. We have a very special,
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what we call a Golden Hoe Award.
Graduations. Thank you very much. Thank you.
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My perfect school would
look like no garbage.
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It all started with the
drink machines that we got.
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And we got lots of garbage all around our
playground. So, we decided to recycle it all.
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Hi, can I help you?
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Do you have the compost? Yes, we do. Yes. That
is our compost. Uh, I only saved a little today.
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Tomorrow you can come back again.
Okay? Okay. Thank you. Bye bye.
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Bye bye. Bye.
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We go down to the lunchroom
and take the food scraps.
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Then we come back up to the rooftop
garden and dump it into the compost box.
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We use compost to … to … to use any shrubs,
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or leaves, or anything dirt that
we don\'t use in the garden,
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we rake it all up, put it in the compost,
and then when we have outdoor lunch,
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we use orange peels or banana peels,
and we fill throw them all in here.
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And then they, uh, then
they compost into Earth.
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And this tool is much more simple
and easy than using a shovel.
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My dream schoolyard would be where
there\'s, like, lots of wildlife.
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Mrs. Fairbairn, it\'s proboscis.
It\'s drinking the sugar water.
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It\'s on the ground. L Yeah.
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Can you see the proboscis? Yeah.
Yeah. It\'s long. Yeah.
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Yeah. It\'s trying to get a drink. It really
needs a flower. There\'s sugar water down there.
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Okay. I got it. (inaudible).
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Oh, there goes a bird. Come on.
There. Here. Hey, come on.
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Maybe it doesn\'t want to come off.
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Usually butterflies don\'t get off
people when you have them on,
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because I had one on my hand last
time and it wouldn\'t come off.
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There. There. Stay there. Oh, cool.
Look at that one.
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(inaudible). Looks furry. It\'s not moving now.
That\'s because it\'s probably taking a rest.
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Umm. Hard work, making a web.
Well, it says alien species.
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Which means, I think, it
means it was brought in.
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From aliens? No. No.
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Brought into the country from, um…
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Somewhere else. Yeah. Whatever. Yeah.
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We think the most commonly one in Toronto is this one. Oh, I thought it was that one.
This is a gall. And what it is, is it has a little, um, bug inside it called a larvae.
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And what it does is it
burrows itself in there
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and then the plant grows over top of
it to makes it … to make its home.
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Oh, yeah, there\'s one. Yeah. it says
right here in the book, it says.
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Oh, yeah. (inaudible). Yeah. It
says it\'s a pretty common bird.
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My dream schoolyard would be that there\'s,
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you know, plants growing everywhere,
and flowers, and fish, and ponds.
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Well, there\'s hardly ever a day that goes by
that the stream and the creek isn\'t used,
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like, whether it\'s for a math problem or a
science project, we\'re always using this creek.
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And the creak, it\'s just a great
place for the salmon to live,
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and we can also benefit from it
by learning about the Salmon,
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and it\'s easier because we have a special model
right outside, like, (inaudible) in the schoolyard.
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And so we don\'t have to go on a bus
and go to a museum or anything.
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Last year, we built a greenhouse
in an empty courtyard.
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See, you have to have the zero part
right, right where the tree begins.
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Okay. Now turn that off,
and we\'ll go up. Good.
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Is this yours? No.
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(inaudible). Next week with
our genetics experiment,
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so everybody should have an idea now. So next week you\'re going
to know exactly what you\'re doing, and we don\'t have to,
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uh, go through the
instructions again, right?
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When you come into the refuge,
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it\'s so peaceful and the pond just relaxes you.
So, like, you\'ll get everything out of your mind
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and all of the stress will be gone. My
favorite thing about this garden is,
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well, practically everything because
it\'s just like quiet with like not
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like the playground where it\'s all loud.
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My favorite job is, um, picking
up the wood chips over there.
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What I like to do up in the roof
is doing planting vegetables,
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flowers, and doing the compost.
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I like getting dirty.
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If you have any of these in your
schoolyard, you can always pick them
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and just take them and you
can harvest the seeds.
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Um, well, Sometime in the fall,
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we\'re going to go and we\'re going to plant
all the seeds in the butterfly meadow.
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These are all wild flowers.
These are Rudbeckia,
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and Purple Coneflower, and Blanketflower.
And these seeds are all made of seeds
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from a meadow in Parry in Winnipeg.
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chicky. Chicky, chicky, chicky.
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They, like, come like pets, like you take care of them.
They\'re just like you take care of a dog, you know.
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They\'re just fun to take care of like they do
everything a dog does like they come around you.
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They want to play with you, you know, and stuff
like that. But it\'s neat having them around.
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Making a pond for, like, the refuge is really
good, because, like, nature always has water
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and water makes, like, everything works.
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So, when there\'s water and there\'s
a pond, there\'s like life.
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It\'s really changed a lot. There\'s a
car there, uh, got that pulled out,
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and we had to dig it up,
and clean it out and…
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All right. It\'s a good day to
be out here at Peaceful Pond.
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We\'re going to have our science
class out here this morning.
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The water looks like yellow.
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Who caught it? I did. Let\'s see.
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Oh, cool. Oh, cool.
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Want to release them and put them
inside the bucket? It\'s okay.
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Put the tadpole thingy in and we\'ll put all the water
bugs in with yours. I wonder what kind of frog it is.
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I like it because, like, we get
to come out here and like,
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like research it and stuff, and see what\'s all going on instead of just
like looking it up in a book like don\'t even know what\'s really happening.
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And when you have a pond at your school,
you actually get the real experience.
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If you believe in something
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to keep on going, and there\'s always a
chance you can make something happen.
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If you have a dream, just try to make it come
true. And sometimes everything can be possible.
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People sort of thought, after this
happened, of what our school could be.
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Now what it is and it\'s going to stay that way. They, with the gardens
coming, they sort of thought, well, if we … if one person can do this,
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then I could do this and make it
better and better and better.
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It makes the environment a
lot more expressive and,
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um, it shows, um, that our school
cares about the environment.
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The next song is, \'My Earth\',
by the Men in Green.
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My Earth is green, m Earth is blue.
My Earth is different colors to you.
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There\'s one color that you should mind.
It smells like smog and looks like fall.
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Kids, kids, kids. Can\'t you see? Mr. X is going to chop down the
trees. The birds and birds, and all the bees need to live in harmony.
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Okay. It\'s a sunny day. Go out and play.
Go for a walk because it\'s okay.
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When you\'re walking in the woods and you\'re singing
a song, just look at the trees and sing along.
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The birds will chirp. The bees will
buzz because you\'re got nature love.
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Kids, kids, kids. Can\'t you see? Mr.
X is going to chop down the trees.
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Bugs and birds, and all the bees need to live in harmony. Now you\'ve
heard our rap, you see it\'s cool. Because we learned this all in school.
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And this is who we learned it from. Her
name\'s Ms. Grin and she\'s not dumb.
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Kids, kids, kids. Can\'t you see? Mr. X is
going to chop down the trees. Bugs and birds,
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and all the bees need to live in harmony.
Now you see how much fun it can be
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throughout our rap, and save a tree.
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Distributor: Bullfrog Films
Length: 20 minutes
Grade: 4-8, Adult
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