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Science fund sets students on path to sustainability

 

garden 020 copy-661Wellsford School has been announced as a Bayer Primary School Science Fund recipient.

The school was awarded $1703 to purchase worm farms, fruit trees, and garden supplies which are being used to teach the students about decomposition and give them the opportunity to study invertebrates and learn about soil related problems like pollution, deforesting and change in soil structure.

The Bayer Primary School Science Fund is designed to give primary schools the opportunity to apply for funding to support environmental science education activities.

School enviro lead teacher, Martina Williams, was motivated to their current project ‘Eyes on – Decomposers’ after attending an Enviroschool workshop on sustainability.

“As a school and a community, we are at the beginning of our journey to become more sustainable, so it made sense to start with what is right in front of us – our waste,” says Martina.

“I thought a good place to start would be with our organic waste. We needed money for our project to buy worms farms, bokatshi bins, pH and soil testers and garden supplies.”

Martina applied to the Bayer Science fund to help pay for the equipment needed to start their project.

Now, students are understanding the important work worms do to renew fertility and create productive and healthy soil as they also tend their garden beds.

Wellsford School officially became and Enviroschool at the start of the year.


GREEN THUMBS: Wellsford School enviro students tend to their growing vegetable gardens.
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