Ransom Everglades launched its first-ever composting program at the RE Middle School on April 22 – Earth Day – propelled by a grant from a local non-profit, Dream in Green, and the initiative of RE faculty and the student-run RE Green Team. Middle schoolers helped kick off the new composting effort by depositing their apple cores and banana peels from the morning snack break into the compost bin.
The fruit composting represents the first step of what is intended to become a significant composting effort on both campuses. A $500 Compost Challenge Grant from Dream in Green allowed RE to purchase the necessary composting equipment. Faculty members Kelly Jackson and Brooke Gintert, both members of RE's Sustainability Task Force, authored the grant request.
Also on Earth Day, students executed a bake sale, sans plastic packaging, to raise money for green initiatives at RE, and they had the chance to guess the weight of a recycling bin for a cool prize: a solar-powered phone charger.
The composting effort closely follows the installation of the first solar panels at RE on the Hogan Building at the Middle School. It also comes as RE prepares for its third-annual Energy and Climate Change Symposium May 16-17, 20-21. The school also received a $400 Green Leadership Grant from Dream in Green to offset costs for the symposium.
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.