Rankin Elementary School

Composting with Bokashi!

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Our Eco-Footprint Challenge team

Rankin Elementary Third Grade students.

Our goal

We want to reduce the amount of food waste our school sends to the landfill. We also want to raise awareness about various composting options for different kinds of food waste.

Our idea

We know that we can reduce the amount of food waste our school lunches generate each week including meat and dairy waste – through a composting method called Bokashi. We will use this composted material to enrich our school gardens.

Our plan

Our goal is to have third graders collect food waste twice a week for the duration of the project. We will divert food waste from the landfill to the compost bin.

We will measure our progress by weighing the food waste at the time of collection to see how much we are diverting.

We will use the Bokashi method of composting as well as basic composting to improve school garden success and divert food waste from landfills.

People helping us

Teacher Leaders: Mrs. Adcock, Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Cayton, Mrs. Hahn and Mrs. Zander

Support Leaders: Scott Justice and Erin Justice (Rankin Guidance Counselor)

Master Composter Scott Justice; Mecklenburg County master composters; Lowe's hardware store; Mount Holly Farm Supply

Watch us change the world!


Rankin Elementary team videos

Introducing our plan!

Our final video report


Team photos

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Latest team news

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Look how we've done

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Catawba River District


Piedmont Natural Gas Foundation

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