JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va. - Students from Cody Child Development Center got a lesson in the three R's - reducing, reusing and recycling - April 22 as they spent a part of Earth Day at the commissary on the Fort Myer portion of Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall.

The first stop the 4- and 5-year-old students made was at the produce department, where they quickly identified red, orange, green, yellow and purple fruits and vegetables.

Next, they visited the meat department, where they were introduced to Damian Lofton, work leader, who displayed a package of hamburger.

"Does anyone know what kind of meat this is?" Lofton asked.

"Meatloaf!," one boy quickly responded, earning some quiet chuckles from the adults in the group.

"I'm going to show you how to make ground beef right now," said Lofton with a wide smile.

After donning white paper hats, the students went behind the meat counter and watched as Lofton dropped some chuck into a meat grinder to make hamburger.

Store worker James Savoy then demonstrated how the commissary reduces and recycles cardboard boxes after product has been removed from the boxes.

"The cardboard is discarded in what's called the baler," he said as he pointed to the machine. "The baler's job is to cut the cardboard."

The cut cardboard is then stacked, wrapped, banded and placed on a truck for transport to a recycling center.

The children were given bags filled with healthy snacks and other items following the tour.