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March 2018 Sustainability Council Newsletter

Welcome to the next edition of the Wellness and Sustainability Council newsletter!

Spring is just around the corner! The first day of spring is March 20 and now is the perfect time to beginning looking for signs of spring. You may have already begun to notice longer periods of sunlight each day as we approach Daylight Savings time, which is Sunday, March 11. Some flowers can be seen blooming in March such as crocus, daffodil, tulips and bluebells. Spring is also the time of year when frogs such as the spring peepers and wood frogs.

Have you seen the new Aquaponics system in the school cafeteria?! If not, I highly recommend you take a peek. The new aquaponics system was installed after a generous donation from the Cranbury Education Fund. The new system includes a 600-gallon fish tank which is home of 20 Koi fish. Students have an opportunity to view the fish who play an integral role in the symbiotic relationship of Aquaponics. The system will produce vegetables and microgreens and is 100 percent student managed! Integrating aquaponics into the school’s curriculum has allowed both hands-on STEAM instruction and an extension beyond the classroom to a broader discussion of sustainability. As the world population soars, oceans are overfished and farmland is depleted, innovative solutions are needed more than ever. Students have taken personal interest in food desert programs, water sustainability, and food waste around the US, as well as problem solving global food problems.

The students are also becoming accustomed to the new recycling bins in the cafeteria. Students are learning to sort their liquid waste, milk cartons, recyclables and trash. Please take some time to discuss with your children the importance of properly recycling our waste and its role in sustainability. Recycling reduces our need to extract more resources from the earth and instead reuse materials, which have already been harvested. We live on a planet with a finite amount of natural resources and each one of us can do our part to lessen our impact.