Reuse, Recycle and Compost: First Grade Students Learn About Raising Worms and Papermaking

This week, Mount Madonna School (MMS) first grade students visited the Waste Education Department at the City of Santa Cruz Resource Recovery Facility, where they learned about papermaking, composting and broader waste-reduction efforts.

This learning-filled field trip is part of first grade’s environmental curriculum.

“It’s my goal that this unit of study, combined with a deepening appreciation for our native animals and the redwood forest ecosystem, will motivate students to take actions that help to take care of the Earth and reduce their impact on it,” commented teacher Cassia Laffin. “They are learning that we all need to be more mindful of not wasting the Earth’s resources, become more conscious of how our food is packaged and make sustainable choices, and learn ways to reduce, reuse, recycle, rot and refuse – at home, at school and in our communities.”


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Nestled among the redwoods on 380 acres, Mount Madonna School (MMS) is a diverse learning community dedicated to creative, intellectual, and ethical growth. MMS supports its students in becoming caring, self-aware, discerning and articulate individuals; and believes a fulfilling life includes personal accomplishments, meaningful relationships and service to society. The program, accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), emphasizes academic excellence, creative self-expression and positive character development. Located on Summit Road between Gilroy and Watsonville. Founded in 1979.