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April 8, 2011 > Earth friendly spaghetti dinner

Earth friendly spaghetti dinner

Submitted By Marie Stump and Cheryl Gerard
Photos By Terri Ho

Can you imagine serving a dinner for 350 people with only one small wastebasket for trash? That is what the 3rd and 4th grade classes at Lea's Christian School in Hayward were able to accomplish!

At the school's Annual Spaghetti Dinner and Auction on March 26, the children acted as environmental educators and taught the guests which items were compostable, which were reusable, which were recyclable, and which items were "landfill," while manning their recycling center.

These students have taken to heart and put into practice the environmental principles they have been taught in their classrooms. They are leaders in their school's "green lunch club" and encourage the other students to bring lunches in recyclable containers so that they do not generate garbage. Their classroom has a worm box full of healthy worms that devour food scraps. The crowd at the Spaghetti Dinner was amazed at how little garbage was generated and gave the children a round of applause!

Lea's Christian School in Hayward is a non-profit school serving children from preschool through 4th grade. Many alumni of the school attended the dinner and auction. Alumni, many of whom are college graduates, reminisced with the current students and staff.

The event was a fundraiser to support the excellent academic and extended care programs that the school offers. Funds from the dinner will be used to enhance the science curriculum as well as the preschool and elementary literacy programs. The event raised over $20,000 as a result the hard work of dozens of volunteers and supporters!

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