Amanda Jester’s fourth-graders at Phillips Avenue Elementary School are using their own silverware at school to encourage better environmental practices and reduce their carbon footprint.

Fourth-graders at Philips Avenue Elementary School, inspired by a PBS documentary about the devastating effects of plastic on the environment, took action to reduce single-use plastic items in the school.

The students drafted letters to district administrators, including food services manager Keith Graham. The letters expressed concern over the use of single-use plastic items supplied for breakfast service and requested cardboard juice boxes and compostable utensils.

The district responded, saying that more can be done and is currently working to bring in more environmentally friendly juice suppliers.

Students took it upon themselves to start using reusable silverware and straws during school meals. They hope these actions will motivate other classes and schools to do the same.

Source: Press release issued by Riverhead Central School District dated Jan. 25, 2019.

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