On Monday, October 27 the Kennedy-Longfellow School will launch Food to Flowers, the collection of lunchroom food scraps for curbside pickup. This exciting effort is part of the Cambridge Green School Initiative (CGSI). These food scraps go to a compost facility and are made into nutrient-rich soil that will be used to grow flowers and food. Composting is nature’s way of recycling! K-Lo joins the successful compost programs already underway at the King Open, Graham & Parks, Peabody, Cambridgeport, Tobin, Amigos, Haggerty, and CRLS.
What Do the Kids Get From This?
- Students gain first-hand experience of environmental stewardship and responsible citizenship outside of the classroom.
- The school will be recognized as an environmental leader for its green practices and for preparing well-rounded, socially responsible students.
- Students will help meet the city’s Climate Protection goals. Composting increases our recycling rate and is an essential climate strategy since methane emissions from landfills are 72 times more potent than carbon dioxide over a 20-year time frame.
- The school will help the city control disposal costs by removing the heavy food waste from the trash. DPW estimates that the Kennedy-Longfellow School produces 30 pounds of food waste per day.
Want to help us out?
The program needs your help! We will need some parent volunteers to help out during the first few weeks of the program during lunch from 10:40AM - 12:35PM. Additionally, we are looking for students in grades 3 - 5 who are interested in training to be compost monitors. These students will assist the rest of the school community with composting in the cafeteria until everyone is used to the process. Please talk with your child(ren) about Food to Flowers and contact Erin Kuehn if they or you are interested in helping with this important program.