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Ms. Foster from Pecos TX is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Cafeteria Food - A Terrible Thing To Waste!

My students need a composting bin to be placed in our school reading garden.

  • $161 goal

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I want my class to see first hand how easy and important it is to recycle everything you can. I teach a 4th grade class in a hot, dry area of our state that has terrible natural soil. This project will help my students become aware of the idea of recycling their vegetable and plant waste. Right now their idea of recycling only means collecting cans, plastics, or newspapers. I want them to witness how important and easy it is to make "black gold" out of their leftovers, fallen leaves, and other organic matter that usually ends up in the dumpster.

Although our school allows teachers a small classroom supply budget, there is never enough for something like a composting bin.

All we need is an easily accessible and managed bin. The students will get a kick out of supplying the "trash" that becomes treasure. Even though the composting process is a lengthy process we will be interacting with it all year long. We will research how to best get our refuse to "cook." Students will take weekly temperature readings which we will graph. They will need to problem solve if the process is not proceeding as it should. Students have studied food chains and cycles. They will observe the decomposing end of those cycles. Ultimately, in the spring we will do some soil testing by comparing the growth of plants which have our compost added verses soils which have not. This directly supports one of our state mandated objectives.

Your help will enable my class to learn so much about using our resources responsibly.

Ms. Foster
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Composter Schoolyard Gourmet • Carolina Biological Supply Company $110.25 1 $110.25

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