The Compost Kids were excited to finally get the vermi-composting bins built this month. We bought 2000 red wiggler worms and shredded lots of paper for bedding. Vermicomposting is the process of having redworms and other decomposer organisms process our organic waste and turn it into a great natural fertilizer (called vermicompost). We have to active bin. Hopefully we can harvest our castings by spring to add to our new school garden.
1. Build Vermicomposting bin
2. Explore Greenhouse
3. Design Cycle Mural
We are building a strong team of Compost Kids. Today, the 3rd graders are adding carbon to the pile with shredded paper and pencil shavings. Next, we dumped the clay water from art class that we use to rinse the terracotta clay off with. We will continue to layer the carbon sources and nitrogen sources to make our pile.
Compost Kid is beginning at REMS! Applications are available in the Art room during your lunch. Get your lunch first and then head on down any Monday to join the club! After completing the application students will become leaders of our school composting program. Students will volunteer at lunch, educate through blogs and presentations and eventually harvest our school compost!
Today we began introducing students to the ideas of COMPOST KIDS at REMS. Teams cooperate to read the t-shirts and create posters to tell us about the program. This year, Compost Kids will be completely student led. Monday meetings will be held to explore the greenhouse, learn about our school yard and work together on environmental projects.
Thank You to Americor, Huron Pines, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts for attending our Compost Kids Earth Day Event. We sanded and painted 10 benches, painted a brick wall, planted 70 trees, built a new compost fence, raked and raked and raked! Our school yard looks great and we are very thankful for all the volunteers that came locally and from all over the state. Volunteering together makes a big difference to a lot of people!