calling composting educators for 2nd graders in Waynesboro!

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Alexander, Rob - alexanrw

Feb 28, 2020, 10:40:53 AM2/28/20



Please see below for a call for help with a dynamic 2nd grade teacher in Waynesboro doing composting projects with his students.  Any Master Naturalists out there that can help?  CAAV Composting?


I did send this out on the JMU listserv, too . . .




From: Michael Freeman <>
Subject: Re: A potential collaboration?


Hi Mr. Alexander,


As of yet, I don't have a specific project in mind.  I want to create something that is beneficial to the college students (hopefully fulfilling a requirement of theirs) as well as fun and educational for our elementary students.  


Attached is an example of some possibilities that we could pursue.


Thank you for being willing to work with us in some capacity.  Our 2nd-grade class is ready to go!

From: Michael Freeman <>
Subject: A potential collaboration?




My name is Michael Freeman and I am a teacher at Berkeley Glenn Elementary School in Waynesboro.


We have recently begun a collaboration between Berkeley Glenn, Black Bear Composting, and Project Grows. BG students/staff will discard left-over food items at lunch into a specialized trash can. BBC will donate the final composting product to PG and in turn, PG will be able to provide vegetable/fruit tasting samples to BG and other local schools.
BG intends to use this practice to teach many different concepts to our students in the areas
of environmental stewardship, social awareness, community/societal hunger, math, science,
We want our students to see that their actions can and will directly affect positive change!


As a result of initiating this project in one school, we hope to launch the composting practice in every Waynesboro school.
We hope to see a change in some of the ways that our cafeteria system operates and
purchases food and the packaging that it comes in.
We want our students to understand the value of food. It is important to let our kids be aware
of the consequences of wasting food and the advantages of preventing food wastage as well
as finding ways to rescue uneaten food and food scraps.


Over the years, I have partnered with graduate students from Mary Baldwin (Murphy Deming) on educational outreach projects.  


Would any (or all) of you be interested in having some of your students work with our school on any aspect of this project?



Michael Freeman
Berkeley Glenn Elementary




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