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St. David School and Better "B" Kids After School Program Make Composting a Regular Part of Their Day

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Grade 1 student, Autumn Scott, collecting grape stems and used paper towels from after school program participants.

January 19, 2012 - St. David Catholic School students not only compost during their school day, but also continue the green initiative at the Better Beginnings After School Program. Originally, this composting initiative started in September 2010 by a small group of students and their teacher at St. David. Today, the students, staff and community members all work together to make composting a daily part of the school day.

The children learn about the value of composting in their classrooms and through Destination Conservation and Green initiative presentations. Food waste that is thrown out is trucked to the dump, and then incinerated, releasing toxic gasses into the atmosphere. By composting your waste you not only prevent this pollution, but create rich soil, which will be used at in the school's community garden project.

"Composting is a topic that addresses a real-world issue and helps to instill a sense of environmental stewardship in our youth. It can be used for a wide range of scientific projects or experiments and can help students to see the interconnections between science and healthy lifestyle choices", explains Terri Lynn Lepage, Destination Conservation lead teacher at St. David School.

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