Tell Duluth Public Schools officials: Remove shredded tire mulch from playgrounds

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Let's work together with school officials and staff to remove and replace the shredded tire mulch covering the district's elementary school playgrounds. Tires are made of some highly toxic chemicals that may include arsenic, chromium, lead, mercury - material that was never intended for kids to play on and with in the first place.

As our children play, the tire mulch gets crushed up, ground with dirt, and tossed around. Residue and dust from the material gets on kids' skin, in their mouths, and probably into their lungs. Government agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency and the Consumer Product Safety Commission have withdrawn their prior safety endorsements about ground-up tires as a product suitable for children's use.

Healthier materials are available right now! Duluth school playgrounds could instead use wood chips, just like Congdon Elementary does. Let's not allow our children to be guinea pigs while academics and governments spend years researching the potential health risks of childhood exposure to toxic chemicals.

It's never too soon or too late to choose a better playground cover. Surely school officials, parents, and others can cooperate on the time, labor, and money to keep our kids both safe and healthy on elementary school playgrounds. First things first - please sign the petition asking the district to publicly commit to removing those shredded tires! Signing the petition will then automatically email a copy of the letter below to the Superintendent and members of the School Board.

MENTION YOUR SCHOOL: in the comments field to the right, please write the Duluth public school most relevant to you (e.g., "The tire mulch at the _______ school playground is of particular concern to me and my family.")

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