Plastic Free Lunches

Plastic Free Lunches
Posted on 04/25/2023
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Join us for plastic free lunches every Thursday in May. Students in both buildings are encouraged to bring plastic free and/or reusable wrappings and containers for their lunch contents. Hot lunches will be served as normal but without the plastic. Help do your part for the environment!

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Saving the Environment One Lunch at a Time at John R. Rodger Elementary

By Ronan Clapp

As part of an Earth Day celebration, John R. Rodger Elementary School hosted a “No Plastic Lunch” on April 20th. In order to cut down on plastic waste, the lunch options focused on finger foods and no plastic utensils were used. 

Lori Lighthart, the Food Service Director for Bellaire Public Schools, has been working hard this year to reduce the amount of waste created by the lunch program. This year, she eliminated styrofoam trays, moving instead to reusable plastic, and plans on expanding both schools’ recycling programs by placing more recycling bins in each school. Additionally, she will be implementing the Earth Day lunch at the high school. 

The Bellaire fifth grade class was a vital part in setting up the Earth Day celebration, making posters to spread the word around the school. Fifth graders Landon Depew and Olivia White were asked what they plan to do to spread the message of recycling. White said, “We want to cut down on plastic consumption” and Depew stated that he wanted to “...make a billboard, and tell people to recycle more.” The recycling situation at both schools has a bright future, and will hopefully continue to improve and grow through the coming years.

Photo below: The fourth grade class display their poster and no plastic lunches for Earth Day.

Fourth grade students show off their poster