Sunset Park Students Recognized for Cutting Waste
Thanks to a student group at Charles Dewey Middle School, the Sunset Park school has won an award for being a zero-waste school.
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“There’s an actual plate, and there's an actual fork, and things that they throw away. So they can immediately see it and know where it goes. And that improved recycling a lot,” says science teacher and sustainability coordinator Karen Huurman.
Their efforts have increased recycling at the Sunset Park school, and many students say they are utilizing their newfound knowledge at home, too.
“I actually told my sister how to recycle, because she would just throw everything in the trash bin. I explained to her how we're supposed to have three different bins,” says sixth-grader Diana Cortez.