Students learn about decomposition, value of recycling

Melissa Federspill

Staff writer

The case of the missing pumpkin had second- graders in Cheyenne Mansfield’s class at Anthon Elementary hunting for clues, and declaring “what happened to the pumpkin” on Tuesday.

Six months prior, for a lesson on decomposition and the value of reuse and recycling, Mansfield had the class bury a pumpkin outside that contained trash, fruits and veggies. She told the students they would dig it up on Earth Day.

“I had a leftover pumpkin that my nephew had used for a pumpkin decorating contest,” explained Mansfield, “so I thought we could learn about what happens to trash that is left undisposed and why it is important to place it where it belongs.”


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