French Road Elementary School was one of six New York schools to receive a Green Schools Grant from the New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling in May.
The $228 award will be used to fund the physical supplies needed to implement a backyard vermicomposting workshop. Organics collected from the cafeteria will be hauled to local farms and vermicomposted. The workshop will give students a background on the basics and hands-on experience with worm composting. It will be tied in with existing science curriculum and include a component to encourage students to begin composting efforts at home. The supplies will be reused for continued education in coming years. Impact Earth, a partner in the District’s environmental goals, has pledged to provide staffing at the workshops and maintain the worm bins in the future.
The project will help the school meet the District’s goal of reaching an 80% landfill diversion rate by 2022.