Last week, the Junior School Environment Club had a special guest from the Greater Victoria Compost Education Centre. In the first term of the school year, the club decided that they wanted to expand the recycling program by composting organic materials, such as fruit rinds and other lunch leftovers. Compost educator Nashira Birch visited the inquisitive Grade 4 and 5 students during their lunch break to talk about how composting works and why it’s important to the environment.
Ms. Birch explained that food and plant wastes are usually responsible for about one third of garbage. Composting reduces the amount of garbage sent to landfills and produces nutrient-rich soil, which can be used to grow more food. Ms. Birch also spoke to the students about the different ways food can be composted, such as using worms (vermicomposting) and collecting compost in outdoor bins.
The Environment Club will use their new knowledge to explain the importance of composting to other students, so that they will be encouraged to participate. Ms. Birch also gave the students compost collectors for each classroom and the staff room, to make composting easy for everyone. The eco-aware students were very excited by Ms. Birch’s visit and are eager to begin their new initiative.
Already this year, the club planted bulbs to beautify our environment with the help of SMUS parents Mrs. Siletto and Mrs. Flood.