The Green Team
Our plan was to implement a full-time composting program at our school. It is student run and managed, and we hope it will be sustainable for several years to come at our school. Not only was our action project to reduce waste at our school, but also to reap the benefits of composting rather than adding to landfills and greenhouse gas emissions.
Students in grade 7 made posters and advertisements regarding what things can be composted, and this posters also served to promote reducing waste. The compost will be available for 5 small garden boxes that we built using funding we received from our LSF grant. We got classroom compost bins and two large outdoor rotating compost bins donated by our local town. Soil, seeds, landscape fabric, small hand-held garden tools and other materials were also purchased with our grant funding. Students in grades 7 and 9 planted tomatoes, pumpkins, lettuce, snow peas, peppers, marigolds, green onions, cantaloupe, and lots more that will be transplanted into our outdoor garden boxes after the last frost! These items were started inside using recyclable items.
Reflection & Celebration
Students have shown pride and interest in growing these plants from seed. Community involvement flourished. Students were engaged with hands on activities that involved deep learning.