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July 26, 2011 > Kitayama group recognized by Goodall Institute

Kitayama group recognized by Goodall Institute

Submitted By Kristen Seabolt, Photo courtesy of Cherilyn Jose of Jane Goodall Institute

A local elementary school program has received national recognition for their philanthropic and environmental work in the community.

The Roots & Shoots chapter at Kitayama Elementary School in Union City was named the National Group of the Month for June 2011 by Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots. Each month, one program from all Roots & Shoots programs nationwide is recognized as the National Group of the Month for its local community work.

Founded in 1991 by Dr. Jane Goodall and a group of Tanzanian students, Roots & Shoots is about making positive change happen-for our communities, for animals and for the environment. With hundreds of thousands of young people in more than 120 countries, the Roots & Shoots network connects youth of all ages who share a desire to create a better world. Young people identify problems in their communities and take action through service projects, youth-led campaigns and an interactive website.

Kitayama Elementary School's Roots & Shoots program was founded by Cherilyn Jose in October of 2010. The group is comprised of students ages 10 and younger who have built bird feeders, cleaned up litter around their school and in their community, and raised funds for earthquake relief in Japan, as well as for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. They have worked to prove that no matter what age, you can make a difference in your local community.

For more information or to see how you can become involved, visit www.rootsandshoots.org.

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