ALBANY – Five New York state schools, including Kingsford Park School of Oswego, were recipients of a “Green Schools Grant” from the New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling, the professional recyclers’ association for New York State.
The award will be used to set up vermicomposting (worm composting) stations in select classrooms.
Green Team leaders in grades 4-6 will have the opportunity to display principles of composting, recycling and environmental sustainability, by turning food waste into valuable soil amendments.
Incorporating science and literary curriculum, eight classes will each receive components to set up a simple vermicomposting system, including large covered bins, thermometers, potting soil, copies of the book “Worms Eat My Garbage,” and several pounds each of red wiggler worms.
“This round of grants went to five schools, for a total of $2,307” noted Theresa Evans, chair of the NYSAR3 Green Schools grant program. “This was a nice geographic representation from across the state.”
NYSAR3 established a grant program for public and private schools grades K-12 in 2005 for the purpose of providing up to $500 for seed, or start-up money for recycling/waste reduction/composting programs in public and private schools.
Since that time, almost 100 NYS schools have benefited financially from the program, to say nothing of the environmental benefits achieved by instituting recycling/waste reduction programs in schools.
Other schools receiving awards include Roy Campanella Occupational Training Center of Brooklyn; East Moriches School; P.S. 116 Mary Lindley Murray of New York; and Seneca Middle School of Holbrook.
NYSAR3, the premiere recycling organization in New York State, provides members with expertise and education on waste reduction, reuse and recycling issues and practices to improve the environment.
The group advocates for policies and programs that support environmental sustainability in the Empire State and provides access to a network of individuals and organizations that share ideas about starting and improving reduction, reuse, and recycling programs, as well as information on education and funding.
More details are available on www.NYSAR3.org.