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Teachers from Hawai’i public schools can apply for Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation Project Grants to help advance their environmental education goals. Previous grantees have used KHF funds for garden supplies, eco-footprint workshops, vermicompost trainings, and more. One school has raised enough worms to start a commercial-scale vermicomposting bin for their campus food waste!

Composting at Kaʻelepulu

Kaʻelepulu Elementary School, Kailua

Kaʻelepulu Elementary School has been successful in establishing a hot composting and vermicomposting program to divert all food waste, school-wide, from breakfast and lunch to hot composting piles. They have also been able to reduce non-compostable waste and minimize excess plastic bag use by stacking trays and bowls, and compacting milk cartons. 5th graders learned how to to manage resources, use simple math application, data entry and maintenance, read scales and thermometers as part of this project. Utilizing the newly created soil, physics, physical science, math, and environmental lessons are being reinforced with hands-on garden lessons.