Every Thursday at lunch, Edgewood Intermediate School students from kindergarten to 6th grade put their leftover food and paper into a compost bin.
“You put your leftovers, like fruits and vegetables, in a big old thing, and then you can put it back in the soil and grow it again,” Edgewood student Marley says.
Teachers use the routine as a teaching tool to show students the benefits of reducing waste.
“We started out with just an overview of what composting is, what you can and cannot compost,” IU graduate student Jennifer Walters says. “Then each week we build upon the concept. Talking about the science behind it, why it’s good for our earth, and what all needs to be put in our bin in order to make soil.”
And students like Corinne seem to be getting the message.
“I know that it’s good for our earth.”
After spring break, the students will use the soil from the compost bin to plant a garden at their school. Arlington and Clear Creek Elementary schools in Bloomington are also participating in the project.