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It's a worm's life

"The students are going to be in charge of taking the project on. They're the ones who are going to make the bedding and collect the food waste with Mr. Winters' guidance," said Maria Pacheco, a foreign language teacher at Draper Middle School and the faculty advisor of Peers for Peace. "Right now what we're working on is how to get the food supply -- the food waste."

Pacheco and her students are in discussion with the cafeterias on the school's campus, and they are also considering contacting the local Price Chopper to see if they can collect food waste left over from the salad bar.

Winters has been feeding the worms with food scraps from his home.

"We want to have a steady source of food waste so the project can take off," said Pacheco.

The compost can be harvested every three months. The more food you have, the more worms you have, and with more worms, comes more compost.

Pacheco said the students are going to try to sell the compost to fund new projects.

Peers for Peace is a diversity tolerance program where students are encouraged through different activities to create a harmonious environment throughout the school.

Participating students are divided into various committees to undertake special projects, such as arranging programs for the entire school to encourage diversity and learning how to create a greener environment.

For more information on the composting program or about Peers for Peace, visit the school's Web site at www.mohonasen.org.

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