3/11/11 Worms and Waste at Millburn Central
Counting paper, lights left on, water running, and lunch leftovers has been part of the Eco Club members tasks this winter.
1/11/11 Lunch Trash Slowing Down.
Members are busy encouraging students to reduce lunch waste. Rewards are being handed out daily as we catch people making better choices about how they bring food to school.
This month members are looking for reusable beverage and snack container use.
Check the lunch trash page to check each month's addition to the trash reduction plan.
12/10 4th & 5th Grade Members met after school to get new assignments and learn about the Capri-Sun recycle Project here at Millburn Central.
- The worms were visited and a schedule set for different grade levels to bring lunch scraps to feed our hungry worm families
- An energy efficient package was handed out to be passed on to other friends and neighbors who wish to be greener.
Club members are handing out reward tokens to people bringing beverages in a reusable container. Dec. 1 through Dec. 17
12/1 December Trash Choices Goal
We are on the lookout for people using reusable drink containers
11/22 The first meeting is soon (check calendar for date). Sign up now or talk with Ms. Reynolds
Ecology Club membership open for grades 4-8!
Fridays after school are meet dates twice a month for grades 4-5, 2:45 pm - 4:30 pm
Mondays after school once a month are for grades 6-8, 2:45 pm - 4:30 pm
Activity bus available for a fee or
- read the home page of activities we do
- have parent permission
- be able to provide a fee of $15.00
- fill out the application form under forms link
- wait for contact (make certain to give a valid phone or email)
Arrange your own ride to pick you up in front
The school garden raised plots are being weeded and seeded with a winter crop by fourth grade students. The entire garden is being fenced in (thanks to an Eagle Scout project) and plowed (thanks to a farming friend to Millburn) to ready it for the spring planting. Will you be part of the garden effort?
How does our garden grow?
A few pumpkins are still growing in the beds.
The school garden is located on the west side of the building in two raised beds. More students and adults are needed to maintain and increase our garden possibilities.
School Garden Caretakers Needed
The pumpkins are in the raised beds and ready to grow. This summer, we need club members, neighbors, and other Millburn Family members to sign up and come by to water these seedlings. Our pumpkin crop will get most of its needs from mother nature. However, the month of June is crucial for constant watering and some weeding. July will also need some watering and checking on pumpkin vine health.
Check this website for a sign up sheet or email email@example.com
Build School Garden BedsJuly will be a possible opportunity to help build the remaining raised beds.
This is not so difficult. We assemble with screws, stake into the ground, and fill the spaces with soil.
Watch this site and the backpack for exact dates
Adopt a Plant Project
Plants around the indoors here at school are getting a boost from our hard working worms! If you know of a plant they needs some fertilizing care, we have an organic solution to pour on the soil. Contact the Ecology Club to get on the adoption list
Earth Day Bracelets Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Busy at work, Ecology members are braiding and beading friendship bracelets that celebrate Earth Day. The bracelets are to handed out to students practicing Earth friendly habits and to students showing Earth Day spirit. These colorful, biodegradable symbols will remind everyone to remember the three R's.
Paper Making Analysis Complete! --See Paper Production
Worm Farm Care
This month, the worm condos are being put to a wider use. Fourth grade lunch waste that is vegetable based will be fed to the worms. A vermiculture or red wiggler worm habitat is part of the Fourth Grade neighborhood. The worms have been digesting the vegetable matter from teacher lunches. The compost/soil made by the worms has already nourished (fed good vitamins and minerals) to some LRC potted trees.
Now, each week, one fourth grade section will feed the worms scraps from student lunches. This soil will help nourish the young seedlings grown in First Grade that go into the school garden.
Want to know more? Log in at the end of March for some photos and student comments about worm farming.
Working Hard (and Having Fun) Reducing the Paper Waste
Training for paper production took place on 1/22. Many students are using Monday and Wednesday recesses for creating softly tinted sheets of handmade paper. At this time, recycled copy and notebook paper from fourth grade classrooms is the source for the handmade paper.
Special effects and materials are being experimented with (this week and into next month) to see what other types of paper will produce an interesting and usable product.
Ecology members will be figuring out the 'cost' of producing handmade paper. They will record the time and effort needed to create one sheet (human power). The amount of raw material used in the paper slurry will be measured. The raw materials include the recycled paper, construction paper scraps to tint, and the water used in the paper slurry. Lastly, the energy used to power the blender (plus the blender) will be added into the calculations. Check back at the end of February for the analysis.