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School using trays made of sugar

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Posted by Trina Edwards - email

MILFORD, OH (FOX19) - Students at Pattison Elementary are putting more sugar into their lunch.

It comes in the form of lunch trays made of sugar cane, which replaced environmentally unfriendly Styrofoam trays.

The action was due in large part in Mrs. Willits' second grade class last year. The students participated in a "Project Citizen Program," in which they reviewed and researched a school policy they wanted to change in their school. The students decided they wanted to get rid of the Styrofoam trays.

The students discovered that the sugar cane trays take just 45 days to disintegrate in a land fill compared to the 10,000 years it takes for Styrofoam trays.

After giving their presentation to Milford Superintendent Dr. Robert Farrell, Pattison Principal Gregg Curless and Nutrition Services Director Gerry Levy all agreed to launch a pilot program using only sugar cane lunch trays starting this school year.  If successful, the entire district may switch from Styrofoam to sugar cane trays next year. 

It turns out the sugar cane trays cost just 1.5 cents more per tray.  The Nutrition Services program did not raise lunch prices, but rather cut out some higher cost food offerings and made some staffing changes to ensure the kitchen program at Pattison stays on budget.

The students received statewide recognition for their program.  Their display and portfolio went to the Ohio State House where it was on display during the Project Citizen event.  The Ohio Center for Law Related Education recognized each student for their efforts. 

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