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September 25, 2018

CiTi Students to Partner For Composting, Gardening Project


Exceptional Education students at the Center for Instruction, Technology & Innovation are creating a sustainable garden community, one collaboration at a time.

CiTi student Luis Piscitelli, left, works alongside exceptional education teacher Mary Ryan weeding raised garden beds in preparation of putting a compost and soil mixture in them before spring planting.

CiTi student Luis Piscitelli, left, works alongside exceptional education teacher Mary Ryan weeding raised garden beds in preparation of putting a compost and soil mixture in them before spring planting.

Students in Mary Ryan and Lorie Trump’s work study group in CiTi’s Safe Trusting Restorative Instructional and Vocational Environment (STRIVE) program aim to work alongside their Career and Technical Education peers in the Culinary Arts program to achieve a thriving composting program and grow fresh produce for students and community members.

The STRIVE students have become project leaders by weeding the raised garden beds to ready it for spring planting.

Students wanted to use better quality soil in the garden and with the help of their teachers, began learning about composting.

After a compost tumbler was recently donated students researched compostable materials to share with Culinary Arts students what scraps they could use from the kitchen for compost mixtures.

Combined with leaves and related materials, the Exceptional Education students will have a CiTi science teacher critique their compost combinations.

Ryan said it’s been all-hands on deck wither students, who have learned how to utilize garden tools, voice their ideas and share projects to better their school and community.

By the unit’s end, Ryan said she hopes students will have gained enough knowledge and desire to share and create gardens outside of CiTi.

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