Volume 19, Number 1
Food Audit leads to composting our waste!WMES is paricipating in World Wildlife Fund Food Audit. Two years ago we participated in a food audit which resulted in the students asking what they could do with the perfectly good food that was going to waste. Because they wanted to do something to help their world, they began collecting uneaten food and taking it to the only place large enough to accept it, the Nashville Rescue Mission.
It didn't hurt that we had a parent who worked there. We diverted 4,000 lobs of fruit, packaged sandwiches, milk, juice, yogurt, and other sealed foods to the Mision.
We will host 5 more audits of our food waste. Compost Nashville is picking up our compost and we will keep close track of the amount of compost material we produce as we begin our composting efforts. Urban Green Lab is overseeing this grant from the World Wildlife fund which is funded through the Kroger Foundation. Nashville is one of nine cities participating and we haave taken it one more step thanks to our partners. We and two other schools (Hill Middle and Warner Elementary). This year we hope to be able to begin composting the rest of the student food waste. To understand more about composting go to our http://www. Westmeade.net and click on the link to Recycling, Food Diversion and Composting to read more!
Second grade students experimented with worms, and various food combinations to observe composting right at their desks! Because we produce too much waste to compost on site, the waste produced will be composted off site at the Compost Company in Ashland City.
Vice Mayor Jim Shulman brought together parties that share an interest in waste reduction. Urban Green Lab is working with him on short term goals.
Even a USN student is involved having written a grant for the funds for this initiative. We hope that the data collected in the audit coupled with the experience we gain this spring will allow us to propose a continuation of composting. It’s not only the right thing to do, it’s also cost effective!
Westmeade Warriors Take on Plastic Bags!
The single biggest contaminant in the recycling stream in Nashville is the plastic bag. Only 1 in 100 is ever recycled. Westmeade began recycling of plastic film and bags with an exciting event ending with Mr. Breese being featured on Channel 5 news. Follow the link to see Mr. Breese on T.V. https://www.newschannel5.com/news/mnps-students-participate-in-recycling-competition We had 104 lbs. of plastic bags and film to recycle. Dottie Critchlow represented the Central Office and our Metro Councilwoman, Mina Johnson and MNPS Board member, Amy Frogge, the Westmeade Neighborhood Association, attended along with special guests from Washington, D.C. and Florida! n the book One Plastic Bag about the recycling efforts of the women of the Gambia. Students made plarn (plastic bag yarn) and worked to crochet it into useful items. There are groups making mats for the homeless.
Dino-Mite Book Fair coming Feb. 25th – March 2nd
Our book fair is always a great way to get books into student hands and make money for our Accelerated Reader Programs.
As we get closer to the date you will have details as we’ll be celebrating reading all week long with activities and guest
This year you can even use an e-wallet so you don’t have to send cash with our student! Check out the website!