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Green Ambassadors

Jefferson's lunches are nearly trash-free thanks to recycling, packing trash-free and being conscientious about the environment! Jefferson Elementary students celebrate their grand prize win in L.A. County's first Trash Free Lunch Challenge created by Manhattan Beach-based nonprofit organization Grades of Green.
Packing a trash-free lunch is easy once you make it part of your daily routine. Here are a few guidelines to get you started:

Pack Food in Reusable Containers—Avoid plastic bags, plastic wrap, aluminum foil, and prepackaged foods whenever possible.
  • Sturdy containers prevent “squishing.”
  • Resealable containers make it easy for children to save uneaten food for an after-school snack.
  • Purchasing lunch foods in larger containers instead of single-serve packages costs less. (i.e. yogurt and applesauce in larger containers and spoon it into a smaller container for lunch).
  • Buy quality bulk bin items, including fresh-ground peanut butter, nuts, dried fruits, and granola.
  • Consider purchasing a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share or shop at the farmers’ market.
  • Cut up fruits and vegetables.
Use a Refillable Drink Bottle—Consider using a made-to-last water bottle instead of refilling single-use bottles.
  • If you use a refillable bottle, your child can save some of his/her water for later. If you pack a juice box or pouch, most of it may end up in the trash, and your child will have nothing left to drink at the end of the day.
  • Water spills are easier to clean up than juice spills—at home, at school, and in your child’s lunchbox.
Use a Cloth Napkin Instead of Paper—Make or buy a napkin for your child to decorate. This can be a fun family project and will provide your child with a sense of ownership, increasing the chances that the napkin will make it home again.

Pack Reusable Utensils Instead of Disposables—Provide your child with utensils that will make lunch feel like a “real” meal! (Just remember real or plastic, knifes are not allowed at school)

Participating in Jefferson's weekly Walk-to-School Wednesdays program can improve the health of our children & community. That's an encouraging outcome for a lifetime! Join us each Wednesday in this endeavor towards good health!

Walking, rolling & bicycling to school helps students:
  • Reach the recommended goal of 60 minutes of physical activity every day
  • Arrive at school energized & ready to learn
  • Leave the car behind & reduce dependence on fossil fuels
  • Take an active role in their well-being
Before walking to school make sure to choose a safe route and walk this route with your child, pointing out road signs and areas to take caution. A safe route is one that has sidewalks, crossing guards to assist with crossing streets, controlled intersections with stop signs and/or stop lights and a buffer zone (or parked car zone) between traffic on the street and pedestrians on the sidewalk.