LPS is partnering with local farmers to reduce and recycle food waste and recyclable 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 main 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
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.
Our school lunch menu features a monthly Nebraska Day, and offers products from local and regional areas. BBQ thighs from Smart Chicken, Milk from Dairy Farmers in Iowa, and flour to make the cinnamon rolls from Kansas.
Bibb lettuce, grown right here in Nebraska, has been 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.