First through Sixth Grade – Roots and Shoots
This program is a chapter of Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots program. The program builds on the legacy and vision of Dr. Jane Goodall to place the power and resources of creating practical solutions to big challenges in the hands of the young people.
This is a unique program where our first through sixth-grade children are encouraged to develop their leadership skills as well as their awareness of the world around them. Children are encouraged to use technology to map out community needs in order to find the places where a campaign or service project can help people, animals, or the environment. Then, they take action.
The program promotes a respect for the interconnectedness of all living things as well as a sense of the sacredness of our earth. Teachers use storytelling, arts and crafts, songs, and interactive activities to facilitate an environment of fun, trust, and learning.
This class also enthusiastically produces and performs the annual UUFN Holiday Pageant in December.
For Halloween Weekend our Roots and Shoots Class planned an engaging service. They taught us all about Jane Goodall and then lead us in a service project. The entire congregation helped to put together “Go-Bags” for the Newark Empowerment Center and Code Purple.