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Tucson elementary school students use lunch leftovers to make compost

Posted at 4:21 PM, Nov 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-15 20:13:09-05

TUCSON, Ariz — Elvira Elementary students in Tucson are turning their lunch leftovers into food for a future school garden.

The special composting project will allow students to plant and maintain the garden. Fourth and fifth-graders will collect scraps from the 720 students to learn about organic matter and what can and can't go into a compost pile.

Teachers hope that this knowledge will also come in handy at home.

"It's our goal to take this home and be like 'Hey mom, hey dad, you shouldn't throw that away in the trash. We could use it outside for our dirt!'" fifth grade teacher Veronic Huizar said.

The school is working with the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona to install an irrigation system which will eventually grow fruits and vegetables planted by students.