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Ms. Lum from Makawao HI is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Composting Green Waste to Garden Soil

My students need composters to learn how green waste becomes soil.

  • $496 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

We are a first grade class located in Makawao, Maui, Hawaii. We are a Title I school with currently over 60% of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch.

My students are eager learners who are very curious about so many things and have such a thirst for knowledge.

They love math and science and are learning to be “flexible” thinkers. I try to show them how this creative and flexible thinking can be used in all subject areas, from finding the problems and solutions in a story to figuring out how to create the longest paper chain from a single 8½” x 11” piece of paper.

They are also very caring and empathetic. The other day we found a dead baby bird. We buried it in our garden and a few students said a little speech and prayer over it. Since then, they have been putting flowers and little pictures there.

My Project

We are currently learning about Earth Day and how to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Seeing as how many of our students come from low-income families, I want to show them how a garden can provide a lot of food. Our cafeteria deals with barrels of food waste. Also, we have access to shredded paper from our office and grass clippings when our lawns are mowed. These are usually tossed in the trash.

I would like to show my students how we can transform that green waste into rich soil by using the worm and bacteria composters.

We can then use that soil to grow vegetables that we can all enjoy!

Ms. Lum
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Composter, Schoolyard Gourmet • Carolina Biological Supply Company $141.75 1 $141.75
Worm Composter Classroom Kit • Carolina Biological Supply Company $115.65 1 $115.65
Magic Worm Bedding, 25 lb • Carolina Biological Supply Company $35.95 1 $35.95
Peat Pots, 3 • Carolina Biological Supply Company $16.65 1 $16.65
Poly-Tray, Standard, without Holes • Carolina Biological Supply Company $2.74 5 $13.70

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