Sussex Academy students conduct Adapt Our Habits project

Students getting ready to spread the coffee grounds to replenish the soil are (l-r) Alex Hearn of Bethel, Sylvie Elliott of Lewes, Delaney Quillen of Seaford, Alexa Griffith of Seaford and Lily Walton of Milford. SOURCE SUBMITTED
December 1, 2013

Sixth-grade students at the Sussex Academy in Georgetown completed a weeklong Adapt Our Habits service project connected to their study of physical geography and natural resources. Students created posters about how Sussex Academy students could conserve natural resources and adapt their own conservation habits.

Each student created a service contract citing three activities he or she would do for a week. These activities ranged from recycling plastic bottles to taking shorter showers to planting a tree.

As a service project, the students participated in a Coffee and Cans drive, collecting used coffee grounds and aluminum cans. Filtered coffee grounds are an organically rich material that can be used to fertilize soil and rejuvenate plants. Aluminum is a nonrenewable natural resource that can be recycled and reused multiple times.

Students collected more than 12 gallons of used coffee grounds and spread them on the landscaping at the school. The cans collected were recycled, and the monies earned were donated to the Delaware Nature Conservancy.

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