ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Eloquent middle schoolers came before the Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education on Thursday, requesting that board members stick a fork in plastic utensils at Jefferson Middle School.
Born from a class research project, the young activists shared with the board the information they have gleaned. In their presentation, the group estimated 720 people typically eat school lunches at Jefferson, which they believe equates to 1,440 utensils each day.
Armed with stats, pictures of sea life entangled in plastic – picture a seagull’s beak entrapped in plastic soda can rings – and cost charts, Jefferson students Morgyn Judkins-Cooper, Penelope Loyd Sment, Emily Watkins and Sidney Vance gave their pitch to switch to reusable utensils.
They argued that the school should do its part to reduce plastic pollution.