Meet Miss Monica’s Summit School Roots & Shoots Group


“Miss Monica” Hamilton’s Roots & Shoots group at Summit Schools in Cedar Rapids, Iowa is made up of 14 3rd graders each equipped with an iPad and an eagerness to make good things happen in the community. After participating in the 2015 Roots & Shoots free online course, Monica, who has been teaching for more than 8 years, guided her 8, 9, and 10 year olds through the Roots & Shoots Formula to identify a service campaign. Their community map revealed just how close their school is to a nuclear power plant. So, the campaign they chose, “Evacuation Education,” has two goals: 1. To educate every Summit Schools family on their evacuation route out of the city in case of an emergency, and 2. to educate 90-100% of the adult population in Cedar Rapids, IA of their evacuation route out of the city, in case of emergency.

Join Dr. Jane Goodall and Roots & Shoots on June 27 for the 3rd annual Roots & Shoots FREE online course. Click here to learn more and register.

About Author

Adrienne earned a master of science degree in anthrozoology (the study of human-animal interactions) from Canisius College in 2014 where she also completed her undergraduate studies in political science. She has worked with the Jane Goodall Institute's youth program, Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots since 2011. Adrienne has served for the past two years as their Program Coordinator. In addition, she has been involved with TEDxBuffalo, WNY's independently organized TEDx event, since 2012 and served as the director of the event in 2014 and 2015.