Agriculture Report – Schoolchildren in Virginia City Go Green

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Agriculture Report - Schoolchildren in Virginia City Go Green

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Go Green Initiative is a program for schoolchildren in American city of Manassas, Virginia. It teaches earth-friendly behaviors, recycling things instead of throwing them away. Nine-year-old Louis has learned why recycling is important. He says throwing away without recycling makes the earth a dirtier place. is one of more than 7,000 elementary school students part in the Go Green Initiative. The program receives from the city government. Sandy Thompson is the program's . She says the Manassas schools recycle almost everything, from to plastic bags. The schools use single stream recycling possible. This means collecting paper, plastic and glass in container instead of separating them. Mike Moon is the director of public works and utilities. He says the is to raise awareness about recycling to keep Manassas . But he adds that Go Green is not just recycling. He says it is also about energy and conservation. Boys and girls also learn about gardening and . Composting turns uneaten food and kitchen waste into rich matter. Mike Moon says children often have never experienced methods commonly used in agriculture. Sandy Thompson says the the children learn go beyond the classroom. She says start their own gardens at home and recycle more. Maria Seaburg planted a garden behind her home. She she enjoys gardening and recycling because it helps the . Mike Moon says good recycling behavior, taught at a age, will last a lifetime. For VOA Learning English, Carolyn Presutti.

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