By C. Brandon Chapman, College of Education
Stephanie Aakre, a recent Washington State University graduate, won a $250 grant through the One Class at a Time program sponsored by a local bank and TV station in Helena, Mont. Her third-grade class will purchase a worm compost community with the money.
Aakre was surprised at work with the announcement, delivered by her husband, principal and a TV news crew.
“The camera lady was a WSU grad too!” said Aakre, who earned her master’s degree in teaching from the WSU College of Education.
The nice thing about a worm compost, she said, is that it doesn’t stink like most compost.
“Our district’s middle school, which is right down the street, has a community garden,” she said. “We plan to use the compost in that garden.”
Another benefit: “Our class pet is going to be a worm!”