Roosevelt Elementary Student Counsel Selling Compost On Earth Day

By Joe Steck – Mankato Times

MANKATO, MINN. — In celebration of Earth Day–Friday, April 21–from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., at 300 West Sixth Street (east lawn), Mankato Area Public Schools’ Roosevelt Elementary School student council will offer compost at $3.50 per 20 pound bag. 

Roosevelt Elementary School students are partnering with Mankato Zero Waste and West High School YES! Team to make this environmental-friendly community offering possible.

“We compost our food waste and use compostable lunch trays,” said Roosevelt Elementary School Principal Ann Haggerty “We partnered with the West High School YES! Team and they spoke with the students and showed them a video about the benefits of composting.”

YES! Stands for Youth Energy Summit. The organization empowers youth to partner with their community to create economic and environmental vitality through hands-on learning and team-based projects.

“As of last week, over 100 bags of compost has been sold. Our ACES program has a summer garden so they bought some bags,” said Principal Haggerty “The student council members will pack the bags with compost and load them in your vehicle on Friday.

If you are interested in purchasing compost, call 507-345-4285 during regular school hours to place your order. It is suggested to place your orders by Wednesday to help with the bag count.

Benefits of using compost for planting, potting soil and as mulch include:

  • plants grow bigger and stronger
  • absorbs water
  • keeps soil from eroding
  • reduces greenhouse gasses
  • natural, sustainable and reduces need for pesticides and fertilizer




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