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November 27, 2022
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A mom’s response to an astroturf op-ed

Thank you, Giulianna Pendleton for your opinion of artificial turf

(Los Gatan, Dec. 8-14).

One simple, shortened response from a mom of three former child student-athletes, now college/graduate school adults:


Constantly recurring.

Don’t go there.

Very truly yours,

Denise Donnelly

Los Gatos

>The op-ed discussed the issues around astroturf, which the high school district has been considering for play surfaces… Pendleton wrote:

Replacing fields and courtyards with concrete and plastic turf would eliminate already thinning natural spaces. 

Elementary schools should be places for children to learn and explore—inside the classroom and out. Do we want to teach our children about plastic pollution or about native plants, bugs, birds and rabbits? 

Studies around the world have found that experience with nature from a young age is beneficial for children’s immune systems and mental health. 

Though grass isn’t the same as an old growth forest, it does allow them to watch a robin hunt for a worm, see rabbits run across the grass, and a ladybug land on their hand.

You can read the entire op-ed here (and don’t forget to write in and let us know what you think): https://losgatan.com/guest-view-prioritizing-children-over-plastic/