Glasgow Middle School has been awarded a 30 in Thirty Grant of $1,000 in the Recycling category. Glasglow Middle School in Alexandria will be expanding their recycling and service learning initiatives by adding composting to their daily school routines. 30 in Thirty Funds awarded by Keep Virginia Beautiful will be used to purchase compost bins, rakes and worms for this school-wide program. Science classes will receive compost bins to aid in studying ecosystems and nitrate cycles, and the gardening club will use that compost to plant around the school in spring. The Consumer Science classes will process unused cafeteria food into a worm bin, and use the composted soil for planting organic herbs and vegetables that will be part of the meals in the kitchen labs. The students will then create a school-wide curriculum unit that uses hands-on ways to inform the community of the importance of composting.
Government, non-profit, civic and service organizations in Virginia were invited to apply for grants for $500 to $1,000 telling how they are addressing these pressing issues: Litter Prevention, Recycling, Cigarette Litter Prevention, and Community Beautification. Since 2011, Keep Virginia Beautiful has provided over $110,000 to 140 organizations throughout the state. This year, for the first time, we are awarding 45 grants because of the generosity of our partners at Altria, Keep America Beautiful, WestRock Foundation and Trex.