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Composting Class at Roebek's in AB

By
Alexia Adcock-Stanford,   Atlantic Beach Elementary School
Play:
Community Playtime – It’s Good for Everyone
Topics:
Access to Healthy Foods, Community Involvement, Student Leadership,  Teamwork
Composting Class at Roebek's in AB
On the perfect afternoon, students from Atlantic Beach Elementary's Fuel Up to Play 60 Green Team met at our local all natural smoothie restaurant and awesome business partner Roebek's, for an entertaining class on how to make compost. The restaurant supplied each student with their own bucket, top soil, and the leftover organic pulp from the day's business of making fresh pressed juices and smoothies. Adult volunteers helped to organize the students and everyone received a free small smoothie for participating at the event.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Students and adults listened to lessons on how to make compost and formed a line to add the ingredients of their choice to a bucket that had been provided by the owners of Roebek's. Students got down and dirty in the organic materials and adults helped to wash hands "camping style".

How did you accomplish your goals?

Contacting Roebek's and coordinating the date for the class, notifying parents about the field trip for transportation to the location, and participating in the event made it a huge success.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

Since the composting class, more students have joined the Green Team and are actively participating in garden activities. We in turn were able to support our awesome business partner by introducing them to the parents who may not have ever been there before. By forging strong alliances that support healthy eating and community participation, we are able to improve the quality of life for our students, families, and businesses in our community.