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FDR Elementary Participates in Trash Free Lunch Challenge

We are excited to announce that FDR Elementary is one of the 22 schools in California that will participate in this year's Grades of Green Trash Free Lunch Challenge. Read below for more information. 

 


 

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED! CELEBRATED WASTE REDUCTION CONTEST KICKS-OFF FOR THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR

 

22 So Cal Schools will reduce over 300 tons of trash in Grades of Green’s7th Annual Trash Free Lunch Challenge


WHITTIER, Calif., October 9th, 2017 - When it comes to lunchtime trash, less is definitely more. That’s the lesson environmental education nonprofit Grades of Green wants to teach students as the organization kicks off its seventh annual Trash Free Lunch Challenge (TFLC).


Students from participating schools will learn how to decrease waste by packing trash-free lunches (such as reusable lunch containers, water bottles and utensils, and cloth napkins). All students, including those who buy lunch, will also learn how to sort lunchtime waste to be donated, composted and recycled.

 

Through a combination of sorting waste and bringing reusable lunch containers, TFLC schools reduce an average of 70 percent of lunchtime waste; winning schools reduce over 92 percent of trash. In total, 117 schools have diverted 2,300 tons of waste from the landfill since the Challenge began seven years ago. This year, Challenge participants are on track to reduce at least 300 tons!


While these metrics speak to the program’s success in helping schools protect our environment and divert waste, the real results are the environmental values students take home. “The goal of the Trash Free Lunch Challenge is not only to reduce waste but also to teach children how to reuse, recycle and compost. Educating students through programs such as these furthers our mission of converting waste into resources in the communities we serve,” said Grace Hyde, Sanitation Districts’ Chief Engineer and General Manager.


“Grades of Green’s goal with our Trash Free Lunch Challenge is to help participating schools start lasting green programs to instill environmental and waste reduction habits that will stay with students for a lifetime,” said Allie Bussjaeger, Director of Regional Programs at Grades of Green. “We are changing the course of the future by making environmental protection second nature in young minds today.”
 

WHAT IS GRADES OF GREEN’S TRASH FREE LUNCH CHALLENGE?

 

Grades of Green's Trash Free Lunch Challenge is a yearlong competition where Southern California schools challenge each other to see which school can reduce the most lunchtime waste. Grades of Green teaches students to reduce trash by bringing reusable lunch containers and using lunchtime waste sorting systems. This ultimately forms habits that will protect the environment for years to come. Through fun, educational assemblies, personalized eco-starter kits, waste reduction plans, and Grades of Green Advisors available to personally guide each school, Grades of Green helps create an environment where every school can be a winner! A panel of environmental experts will evaluate the implementation and success of the three finalists’ trash reduction programs. The winning schools (one elementary and one middle school) will receive a Grand Prize of a $1,000 education grant. 

 

SCHOOLS PARTICIPATING IN THE CHALLENGE INCLUDE:

 

CANYON COUNTRY
Sky Blue Mesa Elementary School

 

DIAMOND BAR
Castle Rock Elementary School

 

HERMOSA BEACH
Our Lady of Guadalupe School

 

LAWNDALE
F.D. Roosevelt Elementary School

 

LONG BEACH
Saint Anthony School
Jackie Robinson Academy
Helen Keller Middle School
Lincoln Elementary School
Prisk Elementary School
Whittier Elementary School

 

LOS ALAMITOS
Richard Henry Lee Elementary School
Oak Middle School

 

LOS ANGELES Carthay School of Environmental Studies Magnet Berkeley Hall School Overland Elementary School

 

NORWALK
Nettie L. Waite Middle School

 

SANTA CLARITA
Charles Helmers Elementary School
SAUGUS Emblem Elementary School

 

TARZANA

Gaspar De Portola Middle School

 

TORRANCE

Victor Elementary School

Carr Elementary School

 

WALNUT

Cyrus J. Morris Elementary School

Posted by: Enrique Pivaral, District Admin, Lawndale Elementary School District Published:10/10/17
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