Master Gardeners and Composters Share their Passion with Summer School Students
More than 90 Central Valley students enjoyed getting their hands dirty this summer alongside community volunteers from the Master Composter/Recyclers Program of the Spokane Regional Solid Waste System and the Washington State University Master Gardener Program. The volunteers spent much of their summer with Summer STEM Academy students at Broadway Elementary. The program offered hands-on gardening, composting and science lessons which will improve our environment and our community.
Each student was given their own plant to grow and care for in the new Broadway Elementary garden. The children enjoyed nurturing their plants while learning about the importance of composting and recycling to benefit our local waste stream. The successful young growers were then able to donate their freshly- grown produce to the Spokane Valley Food Bank, a yield of more than 83 pounds of produce so far! Way to go summer school gardeners!
The Central Valley School Board honored the volunteer composters and gardeners on September 10 for their service to our summer school student, teachers and families: Tammy Juris, Kris Major, Carol McKenney, Ann Murphy, Vivian Powers, Janice Sather, Eberhard Schmidt, Carol Schultz and Phyllis Ward.
Volunteer Master Composters and Master Gardeners play an active role in Spokane County’s Regional Solid Waste System and public education in gardening and environmental stewardship. To learn more about the Master Composter and Master Gardener Programs, visit www.solidwaste.org and http://mastergardener.wsu.edu.
Other Featured Topics