C&S Wholesale Grocers, based in Keene, New Hampshire, has given a $250 grant to support a Wild Treasures program at the Newbrook Elementary School in Newfane, Vermont. With Rachel Brett and Amanda Gurgul, students in Antioch University New England’s (AUNE) Department of Environmental Studies, fifth- and sixth-grade students at Newbrook have spent two months researching sustainability at their school. They have explored how much food and electricity are being wasted and what kinds of chemicals are used in cleaning supplies.
Next the students will start a Waste Watch competition to educate the school’s younger students about reducing food waste and the importance and science of composting. They will introduce a closed-loop composting system at the school.
Wild Treasures is a curriculum program, directed by Jimmy Karlan, director of AUNE’s science teacher certification concentration in the Department of Environmental Studies. In the year-long program, AUNE students visit classes weekly to help students complete a sustainable initiative in their schools.