Grades of Green celebrated the Green Apple Day of Service with the goal of transforming all schools into healthy, safe, and productive learning environments. On Tuesday, September 30th, 2016, Grades of Green went to Silver Spur Elementary School in Rancho Palos Verdes to give an assembly about the importance of sorting lunchtime waste and composting. Silver Spur Elementary School competed in the 2012-2013 Trash Free Lunch Challenge and Grades of Green was happy to go back to remind students about how reducing, reusing, recycling, and composting protect the environment as well as how they can lead environmental efforts at their school! After the assembly, Grades of Green staff stayed for Silver Spur’s lunchtime to engage with students and train the new Recycle Rangers, Eco-Leaders, and Compost Rangers on how to work together to manage their lunchtime waste sorting system. The Recycle Rangers have been tasked with ensuring that students are recycling and separating their bottles and cans correctly and the Eco-Leaders work to implement other environmental activities in the school. The Compost Rangers are in charge of taking the compost collected in the waste sorting system to the compost bin in the campus garden. From there, the Garden Club will tend to the garden and use the compost when growing fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Grades of Green and the Silver Spur parent volunteers were just a few of the over 750,000 volunteers in over 73 countries to participate in Green Apple Day and remind everyone that where we learn matters.

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