Congratulations to Richardson MS students and teachers for being named as finalists in this year’s Trash Free Lunch Challenge! Great job to Mandy Mason for leading this charge on campus!
The following letter came from the Trash Free Challenge team.
Dear Trash Free Lunch Challenge Participants,
Thank you to each of you for taking part in this year’s Trash Free Lunch Challenge! It was such a joy for our team to read the final applications that came in and learn more about your programs and accomplishments. Each school really embraced this program and customized it to their campus, and we are so proud of you!
After reading the submitted applications, it is clear that all of the schools who participated in this challenge truly exceeded our expectations. It was no easy task selecting the top schools.
After careful selection, we are proud to announce the 6 finalists!
Elementary School category (in no particular order): Jackson STEM, Collegewood, and Will Rogers Learning Community (Santa Monica)
Middle/High School category (in no particular order): Will Rogers (Long Beach), Richardson, and La Merced
Congratulations finalists! I will follow up with each of you individually to discuss the logistics of judging day.
Each school was a rock star in their own way, and in reading the applications, we would like to award the following recognitions:
Bud Carson MS: Green Leaders of Tomorrow Award
Furgeson ES: Most Inspirational Program Award
Holy Innocents K-8: Best Community Involvement Award
Jefferson ES: Greenest Cafeteria Award
Phelan ES: Best Green Team Award
Portola Hills ES: Best Sorting Station Award
Vejar ES: Best Student Led Education Award
Willard IB ES: Best Composting Program Award
William Green ES: Best Education Video Award
Congratulations to these schools! Your Program Manager will be following up to schedule a time to visit your school to present you with your award, as well as your Trash Tracker White Board.
This program would not be possible without the support of our amazing sponsors. We thank the following: Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, City of Santa Monica, Lush Cosmetics, Northrop Gruman, Chevron, Ukonserve, County of LA, Go Green Lunch Boxes, Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation, Legend Socks, Terracycle, Bubi Bottles, Eco Lunchbox, and Deckopedia. The Challenge would not be possible and so successful without their support and contributions!
From the bottom of our hearts at Grades of Green, we would like to thank all of the schools who participated this year. You are all winners in our eyes as you are now environmental leaders in your communities and an inspiration to other schools around you. Keep up the amazing work, we look forward to seeing what you accomplish in the future!
Robyn, Allie, Nicole, Anjuli, Cathy and the entire TFLC team