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Conestoga Elementary

Cafeteria Composting

Help Conestoga reduce waste and make a useful soil amendment to put back on the garden!

Sign up once or multiple times to help out in October.

The following information will be posted in the cafeteria for your reference.

Cafeteria compost helpers assist students in the following ways: 

Help students determine what goes in the compost buckets vs. the trash.

  • Only raw fruit and veggie scraps.
  • No juices or fruit cups.
  • Salad scraps with a little bit of dressing are OK, but too much dressing should be sent to the trash. Use your judgment.

While students are eating, feel free to walk around with scissors to help students open  bags of apples or carrots. Talk about what things can be composted.

If you feel comfortable, encourage students to eat or at least try their fruits and veggies - nothing forceful or pushy, just provide a positive word of encouragement.

Direct students to line up behind the wagon and do your best to keep them moving.

Students should pick up the items to be composted from their trays and drop them in the bucket. 

  • No turning trays upside down to dump.
  •  Encourage responsible behavior  "If you drop something... pick it up."

Three third grade students will take the wagon out to the garden. Please accompany them. The scraps should be dumped in the center bin (with the wooden compost sign) and covered with dry brown leaves. Students should rinse the buckets out with the hose and then return the wagon to the closet beside the stage.

Thanks for your help!

Location: Cafeteria

Created by:   Beth Horst
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