LPS is partnering with local farmers to reduce and recyle food waste and recyleable items in the lunchroom.
LPS is one of only 14 school districts to be selected as a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools award honoree. The three areas, or pillars, used as the basis for recognition are:
1. Reduce environmental impact and costs
2. Improve the health and wellness of schools, students, and staff
3. Provide environmental education, which teaches man disciplines, and is especially good at effectively incorporating STEM civic skill, and green career pathways
In addition to the district awards, 58 individual schools were also recognized.
For more information visit: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/awards.html
This school year, LPS Nutrition Services has partnered with several Nebraska growers to provide students with fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables. Students have enjoyed watermelon, cantaloupe, and assorted peppers to date.
On November 11th we will highlight locally grown tomatoes from O'Neill Nebraska.
In October our school lunch menu featured a Nebraska Day, and offered Smart Chicken drumsticks, and Bibb lettuce grown right here in Nebraska. The Bibb lettuce will be used for salads, and is grown by Oak Ridge Farms in Ord. The greenhouse uses a method called hydroponics, where the lettuce grows in water and the plants receive the nutrients they need to grow without the use of soil. Photos below show the process and growth.
LPS is very excited to offer such great quality foods from right here in Nebraska.