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Column - December 13, 2013

3rd-graders tackle the rainforests

by Jeb Bing

If you see a group of 8- and 9-year-olds carefully checking the labels of products at the supermarket, they could be in Adam Randall's third-grade class at Vintage Hills Elementary School. His 29 students just completed a three-week read-a-thon about the rainforests and came away alarmed about the negative impact humans are having there. Particularly disturbing were the reports they read about the growth of palm oil plantations on clear-cut acres of previously undisturbed growth in rainforests. They decided to persuade their parents and others not to buy products with palm oil as an ingredient.

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