Overton Independent School District is sponsoring a contest to see which of its students can build the best composting bin for the district's McMillan Ag Farm.
Cash prizes will be given to the winning individual or group based on the ability of the bin to produce usable compost, ease of use, quantity of compost produced, aeration, and creativity.
All entries must include a graphic or written construction plan as well as a paper explaining how the bin works – what acts on the waste to create usable compost and how the particular bin will do that.
"Our ag farm has doubled in size in one year and the number of animals housed at the building has more than doubled," OISD Supt. Stephen Dubose said. "This gives us an opportunity to involve our students in this project to learn how to compost and turn waste into a usable product.
"When the compost is ready, we will use it on our campus flower beds and plants and possibly even supply local projects with quality compost as needed."
Prizes for the contest will be $100 for first place, $50 for second and $25 for third.
Entries are due no later than 4 p.m. March 1. Judging by a soil management expert will take place on May 11.