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Schenectady students don't want polystyrene trays

Lashea Webb, left, and Alexis Gibson eat lunch at Zoller Elementary School in Schenectady on Friday, May 9, 2014. Their second grade class is writing letters to the Board of Education to get rid of the polystyrene lunch trays for a more environmentally friendly alternative.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
Lashea Webb, left, and Alexis Gibson eat lunch at Zoller Elementary School in Schenectady on Friday, May 9, 2014. Their second grade class is writing letters to the Board of Education to get rid of the polystyrene lunch trays for a more environmentally friendly alternative.
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Second-graders at Zoller Elementary School might be changing the world for the better. After studying the environment, they questioned the use of the disposable polystyrene trays they throw away after lunch every day. They learned in class that the material doesn’t biodegrade in landfills. So they protested — all the way to the school board. The class sent a series of letters, each asking the board to stop using polystyrene trays. The children painstakingly explained, ...


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