Schools Compost! program is designed to teach the K-12 students how to turn organic waste generated in their schools into compost - a valuable resource that can be readily used in school gardens. In the process, the students become aware of the benefits of diverting wastes away from landfills through various curriculum linked activities.
The program supports K-12 schools in Manitoba wishing to start a composting program or augment an existing one. Schools will be provided with:
- FUNDING: Up to $1,000.00 for eligible composting supplies
- COMPOSTING RESOURCES:
- Schools Compost! Composting Manual:a step-by-step guide for a successful school composting programs;
- Schools Compost! Guide for Educators - Tools and Activities:student learning activities and instructions on how to use composting tools;
- List of Composting Tools and Supplies:essential composting tools, available retailers, and range of prices; and
- Manitoba Curricular Connections:connections to gardening and composting in the K-12 curricula.
How does it work?
- REGISTER: Schools register with the Schools Compost! Coordinator, providing information such as their plans on how the funds will be used and how students will be engaged. Schools will be required to create a profile on the Manitoba Sustainability Initiatives Directory (msid.ca).
- SIGN THE LETTER OF AGREEMENT: Uponsuccessful acceptance into the program, educators will sign the Letter of Agreement and e-mail it to the Schools Compost! Coordinator.
- ACQUIRE SUPPLIES, TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT: Purchase eligible composting supplies up to $1000 (inclusive of all applicable taxes), and submit the receipts and Reimbursement Request Form to Green Manitoba.
- REPORT: Provide a one-time outgoing report to Green Manitoba using the Schools Compost! Reporting Form, one year after joining the program. Your school is required to keep track of organic waste for a total of 4 weeks throughout the year.
Educational and other resources for this program can be found here.