Brandon School not only has a fabulous brand new “Native Plant Habitat” and “Organic Garden” we also have initiated a “Cafeteria Composting” program.
After learning that only Santa Barbara schools have access to a county compost program we decided to create our own. With the thumbs up from the Principal and food service staff we created a plan and put it into action.
The 6th graders took on the marketing piece after a lesson on the extensive landfills in the US. A simple advertising and outreach campaign was launched. In groups, the students created signs that were laminated and posted in the cafeteria. Some were geared to the younger kids with pictures on what to put in the compost bucket and others showed the detailed cycle of composting. and lists of proper items to drop in the buckets. Another group of students worked together on writing letters to the staff and teachers explaining the need for composting and how the students can fulfill the goal. The letters were passed out and the teachers read them to their students in each class.
The 6th graders are the ones who take the breakfast food scraps to the outdoor compost bin daily. We also have straw to add to it when it needs it.
Everyone at Brandon is very proud of reducing the land fill and doing our part to sustain the earth and replenish our own garden soil with our home grown compost.