Worm poop, School, and the food we eat!

Since fall of 2016 Students at Cordley elementary (along with students from three other Lawrence schools) have taken time out of their busy days to become serious conscientious composters!

Students at Cordley Elementary get up close and personal with some of the worms that help to compost their lunchroom food waste

Students at Cordley Elementary get up close and personal with some of the worms that help to compost their lunchroom food waste

Through a school wide food waste audit (led by yours truly and supported through a Kansas Green Schools grant) students have worked in collaboration with faculty,  custodial and cafeteria staff to do some serious environmental work! So far, this has included learning about foods that can be composted, sorting cafeteria food waste into compost bins and inviting natures favorite composter THE WORM into their classrooms.

During the Cordley food waste audit students learn what foods can be composted and what parts of their meals go to the landfil

During the Cordley food waste audit students learn what foods can be composted and what parts of their meals go to the landfil

This innovative food waste mitigation program has been a huge success and today, March, 16th the entire student body of Cordley elementary took a moment to learn more about where their compostable food waste goes and what these wiggly, hard working worms are doing to help transform this once landfil destined food into valuable, nutrient rich worm castings!

It all begins with education! Pictured here, one Cordley second grader shows off some fancy coloring and smart sorting with this composting worksheet

It all begins with education! Pictured here, one Cordley second grader shows off some fancy coloring and smart sorting with this composting worksheet